Reducing Perceived Riskiness of Investing in Africa’s Infrastructure

Moderator:   Hubert Danso, Executive Director, Africa Investor

Panelists:

  • Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Group;
  • Mr. Makhtar Diop, Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank;
  • Mr. Uche Orji, CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority;
  • Ms. Helen Tarnoy, Founder & Managing Director, Aldwych International 
  • Mr. Tshepo Mahloele, CEO of Harith Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund
  • Mr. Mahesh Kotecha, President and founder of Structured Credit International Corporation (SCIC)
  • Mr. David Creighton, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Management and Investment Committees of CORDIANT

Reserve/Back up panelist:   Ms. Tas Anvaripour, Director Business Development, AfDB and Task Team Leader, Africa50

Rapporteur:     Mr. Mike Salawou, Advisor to the Vice President Secretary General, General Secretariat, AfDB

Description:

Infrastructure needs in sub-Saharan Africa are estimated at $100 billion annually. While private investment has been robust, with the heaviest concentration of funds going to South Africa and focused largely on telecommunications, the funding gap remains at $31 billion. Analysis points to a high perception of risk as one of the major challenges for investment.

Is the risk real? What does the data tell us? Who are Africa’s emerging investors and what are the challenges facing foreign investors? Join a distinguished gathering of project developers, bankers, investors, policy makers and development partners as they discuss whether the risk to investing in Africa’s infrastructure is real or perceived.


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If you look at the money they get from fishing in African waters, it is more than the money they send to Africa through development aid. This is a case of the rich versus the poor. Therefore, as leaders, we must take action.

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

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