Economic Development

Promise and perils: Scaling up businesses in sub-Saharan Africa

September 17, 2019

Melanie Noronha
Editor, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Melanie is a senior editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in EMEA. Based in Dubai, she specialises in research on the Middle East and African markets. In addition, she has managed global projects across a range of sectors including financial services, healthcare, infrastructure, energy and trade.

Before joining The Economist Group, she was a senior analyst at MEED Insight, a research and consulting firm serving Middle East and North Africa. At MEED, she developed an expertise in bespoke market studies and financial modelling across a range of sectors spanning construction, finance, power and water, oil and gas, and renewable energy. She held previous posts at the Office of the Chief Economist at the Dubai International Financial Centre and at the San Francisco Center for Economic Development. Melanie has an MSc in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St Andrews and a bachelor’s degree in business administration.


Promise and perils: Scaling up businesses in Africa is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The report examines the factors enabling businesses in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to scale up. We consider the policy environment, state of technology and infrastructure, and financing options that allow businesses to access markets in other countries on the continent and beyond. In addition, it explores the role of foreign investors in facilitating business expansion, focusing on those based in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries.


This video presents findings from our upcoming report Promise and Perils: Scaling up businesses in sub-Saharan Africa. The report will launch ahead of the Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai on 18th and 19th November 2019.



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