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State the target overseas country you have chosen and explain why this country interests you

South Africa is an excellent overseas destination for the Verizon Business Markets (VBM). The organization (VBM) is a subdivision of the American-based telecommunication multinational, Verizon Communications Inc. Verizon Business Markets is a product of the amalgamation of several enterprises and small business units formerly serving independently but under the Verizon umbrella. Several factors make South Africa an ideal investment target for VBM. The country (South Africa) is one of the leading economic hubs on the African continent. Conducting business in South Africa provides an organization the opportunity to access the Southern, Central, and Eastern Africa segments, according to the African Development Bank Group (2019). South Africa also fares well economically relative to many other states in the continent. The calming political and social environment also makes the destination worthwhile. The fact that Verizon Communication Inc., VBM’s mother organization, also has well-established roots in the nation, too, proves the suitability of the country. Going to South Africa further gives VBM an opportune chance to be part of the new frontier, Africa’s development, in the global economy World Bank (2018).

Briefly describe the product or service provided by your organization (or an organization that is of interest) that you will analyze in this course

Verizon Business Markets (VBM) is an Information Technology organization. The entity leverages the mounting facet of technology, as well as big data applications, particularly to the government and business segments. VBM’s primary focus is, therefore, to establish steadfast IT frame and schemes for the IT and telecommunication clients. The entity serves both the government and the public with technological solutions such as FiOS (broadband, television, and voice service), ground-breaking voice resolutions, achieved IT services, and data security, and IP networking, among other services. Federal, local, state, healthcare, education, and utilities’ establishments form VBM’s primary customers (Federal Communications Commission, 2011).

Using any of the G, U, or I indicators, select two indicators and explain how these relate to your chosen target country’s economic health

GDP & Growth (G), as well as, Inflation & Interest Rates (I) constitute two noteworthy indicators for the selection of South Africa as a potential destination for VBM. The country’s GDP was $366.30 billion in 2018. GDP in South Africa assumes a growing trend from 2016 to date, 295.75 for 2016, 348.87 for 2017, and 366.30 for 2018 (Trading Economics, 2020). The technology sector contributes about 1% of the GDP and the nation’s GDP is forecasted to rise by 1.3% by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (2019). The inflation of the country, as of 2019 was 3.6 percent, from 4.5 percent in 2018. The fall in food and transport prices is the cause of the fall in inflation. Consumers in the state can now spend more money on other aspects such as investments and education, hence a great opportunity for VBM to fare well.


Africa Development Bank Group. (2019). Southern Africa Economic Outlook 2019. Retrieved from https://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Publications/2019AEO/REO_2019_-_Southern_africa.pdf

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. (2019). South Africa. Retrieved from https://data.oecd.org/south-africa.htm

Trading Economics. (2020). Retrieved from https://tradingeconomics.com/south-africa/gdp

World Bank. (2018). South Africa Economic Update. Retrieved from http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/798731523331698204/South-Africa-Economic-Update-April-2018.pdf

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  1. Assignment 1 Instructions: GUIDES
  2. TRADING ECONOMICS: 20 million INDICATORS FROM 196 COUNTRIES. (n.d.). Retrieved January 15, 2020, from https://tradingeconomics.com/
  3. JWI515 Lecture Notes, Week 2