What We Do

The AfDB’s Private Sector Operations intervene in support to private sector development in Africa at two primary levels:

  • Assist African governments to improve the business enabling environment:
    • Improve essential “hardware” (e.g. power, ICT, transportation)
    • Improve “software” (e.g. regulatory and legal frameworks, financial sector, trade liberalization, business development services)
  • Create strong demonstration effect by assisting entrepreneurs to achieve success with a select number of transactions:
    • Infrastructure (e.g. power, transportation, telecoms, water)
    • Industries and Services (e.g. mining, O&G, cement, agribus, hotels)

Did you know

In 2016, total Bank approvals for private sector operations amounted to UA 1.93 billion, 24 percent higher than in 2015. The interventions in 2016 — co-financing, syndication, and strategic partnerships—have strengthened its capacity to leverage and crowd-in third-party investors. They also lifted the ratio of private co-financing to Bank financing to 6:1, against the target of 5:1.