“I’d say that a major theme in coming years is the underinvestment in infrastructure from the sixties to the early nineties, which has created a backlog of needs on the continent,” said Bwakira, who holds dual South Africa and Burundi nationality.
“We’re going to be following actively the flow in fixed capital formation and related sectors — areas such as the cement sector, infrastructure companies, and financial services.”
Bwakira speaks fluent English, French and Kirundi – the main language of Burundi – and has lived and worked in South Africa, Burundi, Ethiopia, Angola, France, Switzerland and the United States.
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Some of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa, with Ghana’s gross domestic product forecast to expand at 10% this year, eclipsing India and China, according to the International Monetary Fund. Zambia’s economy is forecast to grow 6.4% in 2011 and Nigeria’s is expected to grow 7.4%.
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