Our comprehensive assessment of Niger's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Niger, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Niger's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Niger before your competitors.
Niger Country Risk
Annual real GDP growth in Benin will average 5.0% between 2014 and 2023 as consumer spending increases and the country's political stability engenders elevated levels of fixed investment. Nevertheless, a sporadic electricity supply and reliance on cotton production will hold back the pace of economic development.
Benin's political landscape shows little sign of fragility, and will remain one of the most stable, open and accountable in West Africa in the years ahead, enjoined by a free press and a multitude of political parties. Nevertheless, the country faces challenges in the long term such as an overspill of violence from piracy and terrorist activity in the region, and the potential for tribal/ethnic schisms to open.
KEY RISKS TO OUTLK
Niger Industry Coverage (1)
BMI View: Niger has one of the lowest mobile penetration rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, forecast to remain below 35% by the end of 2014. While the implementation of SIM registration regulations in 2013 dealt a big hit to subscriptions in the country, growth has also been held back by Niger's low GDP per capita, landlocked position and rural population of more than 80%. These circumstances will continue to weigh on growth potential in the Nigerian telecoms market throughout our forecast period to 2018. However, the presence of three major regional players in the mobile market, the allocation of a second 3G licence to Airtel in 2014 and improving connections to terrestrial fibre optic cables are all positive developments which will help improve...