Zimbabwe Infrastructure Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Infrastructure industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast, BMI's Infrastructure Risk Reward Index, Market Overview and Company Profiles.

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  • Gain independent insight into the outlook for the infrastructure industry through BMI's 10 year forecasts
  • Understand the market through analysis of projects , investment plans and key players
  • Understand the threats to your operations and investments and protect your company against future risks

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BMI View: The country's construction industry remains high risk, poorly financed and subject to the unattractive investment policies of President Robert Mugabe, with average annual real growth between 2015-2024 expected to be a mediocre 2.6%. Zimbabwe is keen to encourage foreign investment, with China so far leading inroads into the country's power and mining sectors . H owever, even Chinese investment is lower than expected and Mugabe's rhetoric strongly points to continued restraints on foreign investment.

Latest Updates

  • We expect continued weak growth in the Zimbabwe construction industry as high risks, little financing availability and poor growth prospects ward off investors. As such, we forecast 1.4% real growth for 2015, and an annual average growth of 2.6% over the next 10 years.

  • We highlight upside potential for the power sector as Sable Mining Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese firm CITIC Construction to build a 600MW coal-fired power plant at its 192.36sq km Lubu coal mine in Zimbabwe. The mine will supply coal to the commercial power station. The project is part of the Zimbabwean government and Ministry of Energy and Power Development's plans to promote the development of energy and power generation.

  • The State Procurement Board (SPB) of Zimbabwe awarded tenders to three firms to develop solar projects with a combined capacity of 300MW. Three photovoltaic (PV) plants, each with capacity of 100MW, will be built by Intratrek Zimbabwe, ZTE Corporation and Number 17 Metallurgical China at Gwanda, Insukamini and Munyati respectively. The Gwanda plant will entail an investment of USD171mn, while Insukamini and Munyati facilities will cost USD160mn and USD180mn, respectively.

Infrastructure - Construction Industry Forecasts (Zimbabwe 2014-2020)
2014e 2015f 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
Construction Industry Value, Real Growth, % y-o-y 1.10 1.41 2.16 2.17 2.28 2.40 2.51

Risk/Reward Index

  • Within BMI's Sub-Saharan Africa Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index in Q415, Zimbabwe scores second worst among its regional peers - only better than Sudan and South Sudan.

  • Zimbabwe receives an overall score of 23 out of 100, below the regional average for all indicators, with the lowest score for Country Risks.

Zimbabwe Infrastructure Risk/Reward
Risk/Reward Index Rewards Industry Rewards Country Rewards Risks Industry Risks Country Risks
23 24 22 26 23 26 21
BMI Industry View
Table: Infrastructure - Construction Industry Forecasts (Zimbabwe 2014-2020)
Table: Zimbabwe Infrastructure Risk/Reward
Infrastructure SWOT
Industry Forecast
Construction And Infrastructure Forecast Scenario
Table: Construction And Infrastructure Industry Data (Zimbabwe 2014-2024)
Table: Energy & Utilities Projects Involving Chinese Companies
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Zimbabwe - Risk/Reward Index
Africa - SSA Infrastructure RRI: Capital Constraints Biting
Table: SSA Infrastructure Risk/Rewards Index Table, Q116
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Zimbabwe Infrastructure Report features BMI Research's market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI's Zimbabwe Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Zimbabwean infrastructure and construction industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent infrastructure industry forecasts for Zimbabwe to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Zimbabwean infrastructure market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Zimbabwean infrastructure sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Zimbabwe.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments. These are broken down into construction (social, commercial and residential), transport (roads, railways, ports, airports, etc), and energy & utilities (powerplants, pipelines and so on).

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the infrastructure and construction sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (up to 2012) and forecasts to end-2024 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key developments in the market and risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

Construction: Industry value (USDbn); contribution to GDP (%); total capital investment (USDbn); real growth (%).

Construction industry real growth forecasts (%) and industry value (USDbn) forecasts for industry sectors are split into Residential and Non-residential and Infrastructure sectors. Where the data is available for particular countries the infrastructure is further broken down into indicators for the transport subsectors of roads, railways, airports and ports and the energy and utilities sub-sectors of power plants and transmission grids, oil & gas pipelines and water infrastructure. This dataset is unique to the market.

The reports also include analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sectors (transport, utilities, commercial construction).

BMI’s Infrastructure Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and  demographic data points. These provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Overview

An assessment of the competitive landscape and key challenges to entering the market. Details of the largest companies active in the sector across the sub-segments of the industry, including the key financial figures from some of the largest players in the sector.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Infrastructure reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.