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Industry Report
Africa

ICT in South Africa & Tanzania

July 1, 2020

Africa’s economic position is set to advance in the coming years as African economies are growing at a rate higher than the global average. South Africa is the 34th largest export economy in the world and the 47th most complex economy. South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa, and enjoys relative macroeconomic stability and a largely pro-business environment, making it an attractive option for Virginia companies seeking to enter the Sub-Saharan Africa marketplace. Tanzania’s economic performance showcases a high rate of growth and a low rate of inflation over the past five years.

Positive economic environments and the growing ICT sector makes South Africa and Tanzania an attractive place for Virginia exporters to do business.

This report examines the ICT sector in South Africa and Tanzania, as well as market opportunities and key players.

Industry Report
Africa

Manufacturing in South Africa & Tanzania

July 1, 2020

Africa’s economic position is set to advance in the coming years as African economies are growing at a rate higher than the global average. South Africa is the 34th largest export economy in the world and the 47th most complex economy. South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa, and enjoys relative macroeconomic stability and a largely pro-business environment, making it an attractive option for Virginia companies seeking to enter the Sub-Saharan Africa marketplace. Tanzania’s economic performance showcases a high rate of growth and a low rate of inflation over the past five years.

Africa’s growing manufacturing industry leaves ample room for investment and key partnerships. Africa is in the process of becoming the world’s next great manufacturing center and African businesses and governments have recognized that manufacturing offers the perfect opportunity to create the next wave of economic growth. There is great potential for expansion in Africa’s manufacturing sector, as it is expected that Africa will capture part of the 100 million labor-intensive manufacturing jobs said to leave China by 2030.

This report examines the Manufacturing industry in South Africa and Tanzania, as well as market opportunities and key players.

Industry Report
Africa

Healthcare in South Africa & Tanzania

July 1, 2020

Africa’s economic position is set to advance in the coming years as African economies are growing at a rate higher than the global average. South Africa is the 34th largest export economy in the world and the 47th most complex economy. South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa, and enjoys relative macroeconomic stability and a largely pro-business environment, making it an attractive option for Virginia companies seeking to enter the Sub-Saharan Africa marketplace. Tanzania’s economic performance showcases a high rate of growth and a low rate of inflation over the past five years.

African countries provide an ideal growth environment for healthcare companies. The African healthcare sector is poised to become the second largest, after North America, valued at $259 billion by 2030. It provides opportunities in various subsectors, ranging from medical devices and pharmaceuticals, to digital health, health services and infrastructure, and skills development and training.

This report examines the Healthcare market in South Africa and Tanzania, as well as market opportunities and key players.

Industry Report
Europe

ICT in Ireland

January 24, 2020

With Brexit taking effect, Ireland is well-positioned to be the primary entrance for English-speaking business into the EU.

Ireland has solidified its status as a global technology hub by attracting and retaining a range of multinational companies, including 9 of the top 10 US ICT companies, mainly due to its high quality labor market. Ireland exports 97% of its domestic ICT production globally, which contributes to over €50 billion to the economy, making it the second largest exporter of ICT related goods and services in the world.

The ICT industry in Ireland is forecasted to grow at a rate of over 5% per annum over the next several years. The leading sub-sectors within the Irish ICT market include IT infrastructure, software and computer services, and cloud related computing services.

End-user demand is resulting in an increase in the development and offering of SaaS and PaaS packages. Consumers are beginning to demand more bespoke, tailored versions of such packages that meet their specific requirements.

This report examines the ICT market in Ireland, as well as market entry approaches and key players.

Industry Report
Europe

Healthcare & Life Sciences in Ireland

January 24, 2020

The healthcare market in Ireland is valued at approximately €16.8 billion, and operates under a two-tier system, consisting of both public and private sectors.

The public healthcare system is heavily funded by the Irish Government. A large proportion of expenditure goes towards hospitals and ambulatory health care providers, of which curative and rehabilitative care and long-term care receive the largest financial support.

The long waitlists for Ireland’s public health system turn many people to private insurance. Private insurance is regulated by the Health Insurance Authority (HIA). The percentage of the population covered by private health insurance has risen slightly between 2013 and 2017, from 41.4% to 42.8%.

A key trend driving the Irish healthcare market is technological advancement and innovation. Ireland is known for its vibrant MedTech ecosystem, which focuses on the development and integration of new technologies into medical devices.

This report examines the healthcare market in Ireland, as well as market entry approaches and key players.

Industry Report
Europe

Defense and Security in Poland

December 20, 2019

In its first years in NATO, Poland took part in multiple training exercises with the allies. In 1999, the Multinational Corps Northeast Command was formed and played an important role in strengthening multi-country cooperation, especially with its closest allies, neighboring countries.

The Polish Army also joined international missions, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. In these missions, the Army was able to refine its procedures and equipment. In 2015, Poland was the first NATO country from the Eastern flank to take the role of a Framework State, in the format of Special Forces.

Over its two decades of membership, Poland became strongly integrated with the Alliance both politically and militarily. NATO became Poland’s guarantor of security and contributed to a large-scale transformation of its army through introduction of NATO standards and procedures. Thanks to shared know-how and participation in international exercises, Polish soldiers learned to interact directly with their allies.

Today, the Polish Army is a pillar of NATO on the Eastern flank and cooperates with US and NATO forces in the region on daily basis, while also participating in missions in Kosovo, the Middle East, and Afghanistan.

Despite many programs, technical modernization of the Polish army has not been completed. Most units – even those assigned to NATO operations – continue to operate outdated post-Soviet equipment, not suitable for upgrade. This presents Poland’s biggest challenge in NATO.

This report examines the Defense and Security market in Poland, providing overviews of the Polish Armed Forces, Homeland Security, market opportunities, and the public procurement system.