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Knight Frank: The Africa Report 2020/2021

Welcome to The Africa Report 2020/21, Knight Frank’s unique guide to real estate market performance and opportunities
in the world’s most exciting continent.

This year’s report comes exactly a decade since the publication of the inaugural edition. Those ten years have been witness to exciting developments across both Africa and Knight Frank, and I am delighted to be taking over the reins of our Africa network at a time when the next ten promise to be even more exhilarating.

Africa is now firmly established as a leading destination for serious investors, and the articles in the report – in particular our focus on intra-African trade opportunities, technology innovations and infrastructure connectivity – including detailed insights on 30 countries, show that this trend will only grow.

Of course, such a diverse continent throws up challenges as well as opportunities, so the best advice and insight is a crucial and valuable commodity. Knight Frank’s Africa specialists and our local offices have been providing this since 1964, but our ability to help our clients continues to strengthen.

I am delighted that we have formed an official partnership with emerging markets real estate specialist EMC, building on the many years we have been working together. And, as the article on page 12 highlights, we are also able to draw on the wider expertise of Knight Frank’s global network, including our London-based geospatial team, to offer new perspectives on Africa’s opportunities.

Whether you are a property owner, investor or occupier, I am sure you will find The Africa Report 2020/21 extremely useful and valuable.

If my team can be of any help, do get in touch. You can find their contact details at the end of this report.

  1. James Lewis, Managing Director, Knight Frank Middle East and Africa