New Report Lists Lagos Among 8 Business-Friendly Cities in Africa

New Report Lists Lagos Among 8 Business-Friendly Cities in Africa

  • A new report has listed top business cities in Africa and ranked them according to the availability of infrastructure
  • Other criteria used to assess these cities include economic advancement and GDP growth
  • Nigeria'sNigeria's commercial capital was named last on the list, including Ghana as the only two West African countries ranked
  • Despite its chaotic environment, poor roads and chocking traffic, Lagos is one of Africa's cities for business.

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Lagos is also notorious for multiple taxations, which many local councils in the state embark upon by employing thugs as revenue agents.

Statista published its Global Cities report detailing some of the world's top cities.

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Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Credit: Pius Utomi
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Parameters for listing

Statista considered some critical factors that are important to businesses and decision-makers.

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The factors include population, location, GDP growth, economic strength, and level of economic advancement.

  • Other factors include:
  • State of infrastructure
  • The standard of real estate
  • Standard of living
  • Quality of life and
  • Tourism potential.

The report compared the cities to their global and regional counterparts and index scores.

Three cities in North Africa led the pack, followed by South Africa, two cities in West Africa and one in East Africa.

Below are 8 top business cities in Africa and their index scores.

  • Cairo: 31.8 index score
  • Africa: is 31.84 index score
  • Algiers: 31.32 index score
  • Johannesburg: 30.33 index score
  • Casablanca: 28.84 index score
  • Nairobi: 24.01 index score
  • Cape Town: 17.14 index score
  • Accra: 16.48 index score
  • Lagos: 10.70 index score

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The crisis has already dealt a blow to many economies in Africa. Recently, many foreign airlines in Africa are finding it hard to repatriate their earnings to their home counties due to the country’s inability to raise the required forex. Other businesses in West Africa are finding it hard to raise dollars to help facilitate imports.

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