World Investment: The 2013 World Investment Report was presented in Johannesburg by IDC’s (Industrial Development Corporation)) head of research and information, Jorge Maia. South Africa’s 2012 FDI flows included more greenfield investments, particularly in the renewables-energy sector.
The report revealed that a large number of South African companies have acquired operations in the mining, wholesale and healthcare industries. It also noted our country as the 5th largest overall holder of foreign direct investment (FDI) stock in Africa, in 2011. Mauritius had the largest share of SA’s outward FDI stock, whilst a quarter of SA’s stock was concentrated in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
 
Although Africa remains a small part of the global investment climate, this was the only region that showed positive FDI flows in 2012. Investments in extractive industries remain the main driver of FDI in Africa, although manufacturing and service investments also seem to be showing an increasing trend. BRICS companies have also been playing an active role in global investment, including participation in Africa. Unctad (The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) forecasts 2013 FDI to reach $1.6 trillion in 2014 and $1.8 trillion in 2015. Follow the link below to read up on this and more on the United Nations publication.
            

 

World Energy Issues: Global energy demand is expected to double by 2050, as a result of increasing global population growth, economic growth and urbanisation. An estimated number of 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. Access to energy therefore remains top priority in political agendas in many countries such as Japan, Russia, and Germany.  In order to address this challenge and transform the existing energy infrastructure, there needs to be a platform for global energy agreements and regulations.
 The World Energy Council supports policymakers around the globe in their efforts to developing frameworks capable of attracting necessary energy investment initiatives. The Council bases its definition on energy sustainability based on 3 dimensions; energy security, social equity and environmental impact mitigation. The 2013 World Energy Issues monitor provides a synopsis on what defines the ‘World Energy Agenda’ and it’s evolution over time.