Lost voices: Has anyone seen IR in Africa?
The perceptive observer would readily agree that market reforms and growing global interest in frontier markets should be a boon for investor relations in Africa. Yet, the profession has yet to grow to the level of confidence to make its voice heard, even sought after by boards, regulators and investors.
In this article in IR Magazine, the global journal of reference for investor relations practitioners, I discuss some of the reasons for IR's choice to cast itself as a wallflower and what needs to be done to exit this role.
Lawyers do it all the time. It is second nature for accountants and auditors. Investment bankers, private equity investors and traders snap to it at the drop of a hat. Over the past decade, these professionals have all been quick to state their case whenever a significant market regulation – be it SOX, Dodd-Frank, Basel capital requirements, IFRS or the various EU market directives – has been proposed or implemented.
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