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Africa Investment Forum 2019: Masai Ujiri urges African leaders to invest in sports, commissions two new “players”

18-nov-2019 - Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, made his second appearance at the Africa Investment Forum, renewing his call for African governments to invest in sports. Ujiri, the only President of National Basketball Association (NBA) of African origin in franchise history, has worked hard over the past year to scout talent and raise awareness about the success and growth of sports on the continent.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Promises made, promises kept: Champions share why investments benefit women

18-nov-2019 - Challenged a few years ago at an investment forum about the number of women-owned businesses she invested in, Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Aliethiea IDF, faced the realization that after 15 years of private equity investing in businesses in Europe, Asia and North America, the answer was: none. It was a turning point for the former investment banker, although her partner and co-founder, South African Polo Leteka, had been doing exactly that for years.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: African Development Bank signs $250-million risk participation agreement with ABSA, to address Africa’s trade financing gap

18-nov-2019 - The African Development Bank has signed an unfunded $250-million Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) facility with ABSA - a pan-Africa financial institution with a solid presence in 12 African countries. The 3-year RPA facility was signed November 12, on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Form through its trade finance operations. Under this 3-year RPA facility, the Bank and ABSA will share default risk on a portfolio of eligible trade transactions originated by African Issuing Banks (IBs) and confirmed by ABSA.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: "Africa's time is now!", says Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

14-nov-2019 - At the close on Wednesday of the second edition of the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina put the accent on current investment opportunities in Africa and on assuring young African entrepreneurs of the institution's support.

2019 Africa Investment Forum: African Development Bank, EU reaffirm partnership, ambition to de-risk business environment, create jobs in Africa

14-nov-2019 - The African Development Bank and the European Union shook hands on a renewed commitment to unlock hundreds of millions in financing for African infrastructure and development needs. Collaboration between the two institutions would focus on de-risking the business environment in Africa, providing equity, guarantees and other types of non-grant support, African Development Bank President Akinwumi and European Union Commissioner Neven Mimica said at a news conference held Monday, on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum.

Africa Investment Forum 2019 : le programme « Desert to Power », initié par la Banque africaine de développement, au centre des discussions d’un panel d’experts

13-nov-2019 - Le programme « Desert to Power », initié par la Banque africaine de développement pour fournir de l’électricité à 250 millions de personnes dans la région du Sahel, a fait l’objet d’une session spécifique mardi à l’Africa Investment Forum 2019, organisé à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud.

Mozambique features strongly at 2019 Africa Investment Forum with $24.6 billion project, the largest deal

13-nov-2019 - Mozambique’s state oil and fuel company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), tabled a $24.6 billion transformative project for Mozambique’s economy, the largest deal to feature at the 2019 Africa Investment Forum. The project includes the development of the Golfinho and Atum fields and the nation’s first onshore liquefied natural gas plant. Mozambique’s Prime Minister Agostinho do Rosário made the announcement at a media briefing session during the Forum, the continent’s premier investment marketplace, organized by the African...

Africa Investment Forum 2019 : un panel d’investisseurs préconise de « construire une confiance mutuelle pour attirer les capitaux » en Afrique

13-nov-2019 - Des investisseurs africains, européens et américains ont animé un panel avec le président de la Banque africaine de développement, mardi à l’Africa Investment Forum 2019, afin de réfléchir collectivement au thème suivant : « Destination Afrique : s’appuyer sur les investisseurs institutionnels ».

AIF 2019 : un protocole d’accord entre Thelo DB et Afreximbank pour moderniser les réseaux ferroviaires africains

13-nov-2019 - La Banque africaine d’import-export (Afreximbank) et Thelo DB ont signé mardi un protocole d’accord lors de l’Africa Investment Forum (AIF)qui se déroule actuellement à Johannesburg. Cet accord donnera aux deux parties la possibilité de développer, de financer et d’exploiter des projets ferroviaires en Afrique. 

African has grasped the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to African Development Bank report, but its role globally could be even bigger

13-nov-2019 - A report compiled by the African Development Bank reveals a continent that is embracing the brave new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution but needs to improve access to finance, skills and inclusive growth.  The report, titled “Potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa”, was launched on Monday at the Africa Investment Forum, the continent’s premier investment marketplace, organized by the African Development Bank and its partners.

La Banque africaine de développement devient actionnaire d'Africa Finance Corporation

13-nov-2019 - L'Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), un prestataire de solutions d'infrastructures de premier plan en Afrique, a annoncé, hier, que la Banque africaine de développement avait investi 50 millions de dollars américains pour entrer à son capital. La Banque est l'institution financière internationale africaine la mieux notée par les agences internationales (« AAA » à perspective stable).

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Unveiling the Boardroom: $67.6 billion dollars of deals tabled, $40.1 billion investor interest secured

13-nov-2019 - It was deals that brought participants to the 2019 Africa Investment Forum and they were not disappointed. The second Forum ended on a high note Wednesday, with 56 boardroom deals valued at $67.6 billion tabled - a 44% increase from last year. Fifty-two deals worth $40.1 billion secured investor interest compared with $37.8 billion dollars last year. During the 2018 edition of the Forum, 61 transactions valued at $46.9 billion were tabled for discussions in boardroom sessions and 49 deals worth $38.7 billion, secured investment interest.

Le financement des infrastructures en Afrique a atteint un niveau record en 2018, dépassant les 100 milliards de dollars (ICA)

12-nov-2019 - Le Consortium des Infrastructures pour l’Afrique (ICA par acronyme anglais) a annoncé ce mardi, une hausse de 24 % des financements engagés pour le développement des infrastructures en Afrique au cours de l’année 2018, dépassant pour la première fois les 100 milliards de dollars. Toutefois, ICA note que beaucoup d’efforts restent à fournir pour couvrir le besoin de financement des infrastructures du continent.

AIF 2019 : « forger un récit proprement africain sur l’Afrique pour changer le regard des investisseurs sur le continent », selon un panel d’économistes

12-nov-2019 - En marge de la 2ème édition de l’Africa Investment Forum (AIF) qui se tient du 11 au 13 novembre à Johannesburg, des économistes ont invité les Africains à se réapproprier le récit de leur propre histoire s’ils veulent améliorer le regard des investisseurs sur leur continent.

Africa Investment Forum: Family businesses - an underestimated economic driving force

12-nov-2019 - Family businesses are rarely viewed as a sector which could influence economic growth, but the Africa Investment Forum is recognising them as important players on the continent. For the first time at a conference of this nature, families running business empires have been given a platform to share their views on how Africa’s unexplored wealth can benefit all who live here.

La Banque africaine de développement, le Crédit Suisse, la Banque industrielle et commerciale de Chine et l’Office du cacao du Ghana signent un accord de prêt de 600 millions de dollars américains pour relancer la production de cacao

12-nov-2019 - « Cet accord marque un tournant dans le développement de la chaîne de valeur du cacao », Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, président du Ghana « Le Ghana est viable, le cacao est une activité viable et, bien sûr, l’Afrique est viable », Akinwumi A. Adesina, président de la Banque africaine de développement

Africa Investment Forum 2019 : réinventer les manières d’agir et de réfléchir pour des projets plus efficients

12-nov-2019 - « Une plus grande mobilisation des bailleurs de fonds est nécessaire pour accompagner le processus de préparation des projets, si stratégique pour l’investissement sur le continent ». C’est en ces termes que Patricia de Lille, ministre sud-africaine des Travaux publics et des infrastructures, est intervenue sur le panel « Building early stage pipeline », organisé lors de l’Africa Investment Forum 2019 à Johannesburg, capitale économique de l’Afrique du Sud.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: African Development Bank U.S. International Development Finance Corporation team up to mobilise private capital for Africa’s development

12-nov-2019 - The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the African Development Bank Group, today signed an agreement to mobilize private capital in support of development in Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. Adam Boehler, DFC Chief Executive Officer said the multitude of urgent development challenges—from infrastructure development to financial inclusion and food security required collaboration with like-minded partners.

Africa Investment Forum 2019 : signature historique d’un accord de construction ferroviaire au Ghana, avec l’appui de la Banque africaine de développement

12-nov-2019 - A l’ouverture de la 2ème édition de l’Africa Investment Forum (AIF), qui se tient à Johannesburg jusqu’au mercredi 13 novembre, un accord de concession historique pour la construction de voies ferroviaires à Accra, capitale du Ghana, a été signé aujourd’hui, avec l’appui de la Banque africaine de développement.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Billion dollar boost for African female entrepreneurs

12-nov-2019 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced a $1.1 billion lending programme to help women entrepreneurs on the continent. EIB Vice President, Ambroise Fayolle, also revealed that the bank has signed three further agreements to boost sustainable development on the continent. But the major deal is what the EIB has dubbed SheInvest. The EIB expects the gender-lending initiative to allow women to play a more active role in economies.