The 2017 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will be held on May 22-26, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India. The Annual Meetings are the Bank’s largest annual event and serve to raise the profile of the institution on the global stage. Find out more

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.