Cape Town – DHL would not be put off by a “slight economic slowdown” in Africa and would continue to invest in the region, a senior executive said on Thursday.

Hennie Heymans, managing director of DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa, said the global logistics company still firmly believed that Africa was one of the last frontiers for growth, and that the region would continue to grow because of the vast number of unexploited opportunities available to local and foreign investors.

Noting the World Bank’s recent finding that Sub-Saharan Africa’s real GDP growth rate in 2015 was the lowest since 2009, Heymans said, “Africa will continue to thrive, albeit at a slightly slower pace as previously experienced”.