We love Emerging Markets, especially Africa
Consultants always wish they actually did what their clients do. This division allows us to fulfil our wished-for entrepreneurship. But it also has a distinctively new market feel to it. Sounds fun?
Throughout its history, McGrigor Specialty has put its money where its expertise is, taking small stakes in return for advice, often as part compensation for a success. Mostly this is only possible with start-up or smaller private companies, and is taken up opportunistically.
Much more deliberate has been McGrigor’s 15-year love affair with Africa. Led by Chad van Vacas and exercised across the 5 core markets: RSA, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco to smaller ones like Benin and Tanzania, we have consistently invested in return for a share of the success. Some examples are:
Supporting the Diplomat sector in finding global health solutions – We advise ministries of foreign affairs (MOFAs), inter-governmental organisations (IGOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on finding/creating the right health insurance and service solutions to cover and prevent the very specific risks taken by international civil servants, public sector workers and NGO employees who work often in challenging environments. Not many people could overcome the problem of covering diplomats sent to Cuba, but we can.
Auditing the overseas healthcare spend of Governments – Millions of USD’s are spent annually by African and other Governments on very sick patients travelling to more established health centres overseas. Very little track and trace exists, and tremendous waste occurs. McGrigor can help to prevent that and secure better contracting for the future.
Finding the right distribution and service partners across multiple countries – be it helping African countries to meet the exacting regulatory export standards of global trading blocks or unpicking the real from the claimed capabilities of importers into Africa, McGrigor can access a trusted expert and support the process in a way sympathetic to the particular needs of these complex jobs.
What our clients say
I have worked with McGrigor Group for many years and feel that they provide so much more of a partnership than many other similar organizations. They have the ability to see a market materializing and will provide you with an opportunity to gain first-mover advantage. This was definitely the case with the XXXX Ministry of Foreign affairs where, through a real partnership approach, we both identified a need and provided a unique solution for this large governmental client. They facilitated the arrangements in locating a local partner and in the pricing and risk-sharing arrangements. There were significant challenges to educate and develop an understanding of the client and its members. The McGrigor Group provided a huge resource and commitment to help us overcome these challenges.
McGrigor Group brings to our projects a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with an innovative approach to our strategy. The McGrigor team is always a pleasure to work with, highly professional, and creative. I would recommend them for any company looking to obtain the best solutions the IPMI market has to offer.