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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-27-17

Opportunities

[Rwanda] New REG boss says to prioritise off-grid energy (more)

[Rwanda] Rwanda has attractive packages for floriculture sector investors – NAEB (more)

[Mauritius] Renewable Energy – the Ocean As an Alternative Green Energy (more)

[South Africa] $100-million loan for African infrastructure spending (more)

[Tanzania] Cargo At Dar es Salaam Port Predicted to Increase

[Ghana] GHANA’S GCIC NGO READY TO INVEST USD 1.1BN IN CLEAN ENERGY (more)

[Zambia] Cotton farmers need irrigation facilities (more)

[Mozambique] Natural gas extraction in Mozambique likely to begin in 2021 (more)

[Namibia] Namibia: Tunacor Plans N$160 Million Vessel Oshiveli (more)

[Kenya] Japan Pledges to continue supporting Kenya’s Energy Sector (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Uganda, Tanzania] Uganda, Tanzania sign deal for world’s longest heated pipeline (more)

Bharti Airtel Bets on Nigeria Broadband to Chase Down MTN (more)

[Ghana] Turnkey Fish Processing Plant Opens in Elmina (more)

[Zambia] ZAMBIA has signed a confirmation agreement with Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India to facilitate the construction of infrastructure to decongest Lusaka road (more)

[Ethiopia] The First Engine Factory Opens in Meqelle (more)

[Cameroon] Railway Transport – Chinese City to Quadruple Metro Network By 2020

 

Impact

[Nigeria] Nigeria to issue first green bond in next few weeks: officials (more)

Trans Africa Pipeline (more)

Selling food in Africa: What we can learn from this company’s challenges (more)

Energy storage set to transform the sector in Middle East and Africa (more)

[Report] Honest Accounts 2017 (more)

 

Funds

[Report] AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP Financial Report 2016 (more)

[Report] Industry Statistics Q1 2017 Emerging Markets Private Capital Fundraising and Investment (more)

Innovative impact fund targets African SMEs and producers (more)

Macroeconomics

[Mozambique] Mozambique Misses Latest Loan Payment as Restructuring Stalls (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-24-17

Opportunities

[Tanzania] Search for Second Bus Rapid Transit Operator Launched Afresh (more)

[Namibia] Alten Energías Renovables Wins, in Namibia, One of the Biggest Solar PV Plant in Sub-Saharan Africa (more)

[Kenya] State rolls out Mombasa commuter railway plan (more)

[Kenya] Kenya needs 1000 serviced apartments every year (more)

[Kenya] Roads agency seeks contractors as Dongo Kundu takes shape (more)

[Rwanda] Horticulture exports set to soar as airlines cut freight charges (more)

[Uganda] Museveni Asks Rockefeller Foundation to Support Agriculture (more)

Horn of Africa: Ports in Puntland & Somaliland to compete (more)

[Kenya] Looming plastics ban offers chance to revive sisal sector, investors say (more)

[Tanzania] State Eyes Green Economy Based On Sustainable Fishing (more)

[Kenya] It’s Time We Made Some Cash From Our Love for Meetings (more)

[South Africa] Human settlement projects prioritised (more)

[Mauritius] French Development Agency to assist Mauritius to promote green infrastructure projects (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Tanzania] Luxurious Tourist Resort Set to Boost Business in Zanzibar (more)

[Kenya] Hilton kicks off second Nairobi high-end hotel (more)

[Uganda] Uganda hails China’s Sh860 billion loan for E.Africa railway (more)

[Kenya] Sh20Bn for Africa’s tallest building in Upperhill, Nairobi (more)

[Kenya] Kenya’s first five-star airport hotel – the Lazizi Premier – has officially been launched at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)  (more)

[Ethiopia] Addis Ababa’s new light rail system to start running soon (more)

[South Africa] Vodacom strikes $2.6B deal for Safaricom stake (more)

[Ghana] Danone continues Africa push with Ghana investment (more)

[Guinea] Bioko Oil Terminal regains momentum after agreement with Arabian Energy (more)

[Nigeria] Will Dangote Refinery End Nigeria’s Continuous Oil Woes? (more)

 

[Sierra Leone] Sierra Leone Mobilizes Funds for Solar PV Plant (more)

[Abu Dhabi] Abu Dhabi closes $872 mln solar plant financing (more)

[Ghana] Ghana’s academia turns to rental solar power (more)

Impact

[Ghana] Investors proposes interests in “One-District, One-Factory” policy (more)

[Nigeria] 2.2m Nigerians currently enjoy solar products – Fashola (more)

[Liberia] Q&A: Orange exec Bruno Mettling on the operator’s expansion into Liberia (more)

Four Africa-based property and construction companies to look out for (more)

[South Africa, Nigeria] South Africa & Nigeria lead in infrastructure construction in 2016 (more)

[Report] Africa’s changing infrastructure landscape Africa Construction Trends Report (more)

SA’s renewable energy auction system ‘the best in Africa’ (more)

[Morocco, Egypt] Morocco’s Attijariwafa paid twice book value for Barclays Egypt acquisition (more)

[Uganda] Uganda Gets Shs652 Billion for Rural Agriculture Financing (more)

[Tanzania] EU Gives Tanzania U.S.$200 Million to Develop Energy Sector (more)

East Africa attracts $3.4b in project funding as it exploits oil, gas (more)

[Uganda] World Bank offers Uganda Shs870b loan (more)

 

 

Funds

Real Estate Investment In Sub-Saharan Africa – The Role Of The Capital Market (more)

Sweden’s Rezidor Group AB targets 60 pct investment in Africa hotels by 2020 (more)

[South Africa] Caleo Capital and Secha Capital form 12J investment vehicle (South Africa) (more)

Morgan Stanley Snags $125M For Impact Investing Fund (more)

[Report] Global Limited Partners Survey Investors’ Views of Private Equity in Emerging Markets (more)

EIB ponders support for renewable energy funds in Africa, EU (more)

[Report] Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017 (more)

Naspers investors see billions trapped by China success (more)

Macroeconomics

[Zimbabwe] AfDB Projects Zim GDP At 1,3pc (more)

[Nigeria] Nigeria central bank keeps benchmark interest rate at 14% (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-23-17

Opportunities

[Nigeria] Lagos Govt. to construct 8 new ferry jetties (more)

[Ivory Coast, Somalia, Ghana, Djibouti] ISA pact signed by 3 more nations, India sets aside $2 bn for solar projects in Africa (more)

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia tipped to be top recipient of private equity (more)

[Nigeria] Invest More In Agriculture, ECOWAS Urges FG (more)

[Equatorial Guinea] Bioko Oil Terminal Project Attracts New Interest; Aims to Transform African Oil Industry (more)

[Burkina Faso, Eritrea] Solar-diesel and Wind-diesel Microgrids for Off-grid Mines Gain Momentum – New Projects Expected (more)

Indian govt to fund solar projects in Africa with $2bn (more)

Small-scale renewables cheapest for rural Africa, says Dutch report (more)

 

Deals and Transactions

[Kenya] Shell gets the nod to sell remaining stake in Vivo (more)

[Angola] Cochan Group’s Biocom set to produce 73,000 tons of sugar and 200 MW of electricity (more)

[Kenya] Tana River County plans to use ‘mathenge’ plant to generate electricity (more)

[Kenya] Britam launches building Sh3.3bn apartment units (more)

[Ghana] Regional Maritime University chooses REDAVIA Solar to power campus and establish Renewable Energy Institute (more)

[South Africa] Desalination plant to enhance water security in Richards Bay (more)

[Ethiopia] Authority Completes Six Road Projects (more)

Impact

[Ethiopia] Regional powerhouse (more)

Local sourcing: A multi-billion dollar opportunity for companies in Africa (more)

Middle class in Africa is a nebulous concept (more)

[Kenya] Kenya shows renewables scope to plug Africa’s power supply gaps (more)

North Africa’s construction market gains huge impetus with investment worth US$473bn (more)

Regulatory

[Nigeria] Lagos terminates N844bn 4th Mainland Bridge contract (more)

[Namibia] Namibia to sanction net metering (more)

[Kenya] State subsidises 70pc of power bills on low usage (more)

Funds

The African Rivers Fund (ARF) makes first investment in Uganda (more)

KfW doubles green bond portfolio (more)

Africa-focused Adenia Partners pick up €230m for Fund IV hard cap close (more)

Macroeconomics

[Ghana] Ghana’s central bank cuts interest rate by 100 bp to 22.5%, inflation seen easing (more)

[South Sudan] South Sudan’s Kiir declares unilateral ceasefire, prisoner release (more)

[Nigeria] Nigeria’s recession extends to Q1 2017 (more)

[Kenya] Kenya Said to Consider Eurobond Sale to Repay Existing Debt (more)

[DRC] Conflict forces more people to flee homes in Congo than in Syria (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-13-17

Opportunities

[Madagascar] Madagascar wants more off-grid solar for rural areas, preps to host first grid-connected PV plants (more)

Africa: EU to Increase Investments in Africa (more)

[Tanzania] Tanzania: Cities Get 300 Billion/ – Jab From World Bank (more)

[Nigeria] Lagos earmarks N12.6bn for sports development (more)

[Ethiopia] Africa: Ethiopia’s Potential to Become Africa’s Textile, Apparel Hub (more)

[Kenya] Schools in Murang’a get Sh149 million for infrastructure (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Somaliland] DP World Secures $442 Million Somaliland Port Concession (more)

Impact

[Zambia] Zambia’s First Public-Private Mini-Grid (more)

Africa: ‘Lack of Political Will Delays Access to Affordable Phone Calls in Africa’ (more)

Using Agriculture and Agribusiness to Bring About Industrialisation in Africa (more)

Celan Energy Summit – An Insider’s View (more)

 

Funds

LeapFrog targets private equity gains in Africa and Asia (more)

EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (more)

Macroeconomics

[Ivory Coast] Ivory Coast holds emergency security meeting amid soldiers’ revolt (more)

[Ghana] Ghana’s capital market in modest resurgence on improving macroeconomic environment (more)

[Somalia] London conference aims for stable Somalia under new chief (more)

 

 

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-10-17

Opportunities

Africa50 CEO advocates more focus on rail infrastructure (more)

[Ghana] World Bank supports Ghana’s economy with $1.2 billion (more)

New Development Bank invited to join Africa’s power push (more)

[Tender] Company or a Consortium to Commercialize the Sale of Electricity Around the National Park of Virunga in the DRC (more)

[Nigeria] Nigeria generates 3,687mw of electricity in 1st quarter (more)

Southern African countries diesel generators market on upward trajectory (more)

[Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe: Govt Avails Revolving Fund for ICT Projects (more)

Using agriculture and agribusiness to bring about industrialization in Africa (more)

[Report] The Business of Education in Africa (more)

[Report, Senegal, Deloitte] Invest in Senegal A competitive investment destination in West Africa (more)

[Report] Residential REITs and their potential to increase investment in and access to affordable housing in Africa (more)

South Africa’s Water Challenge (more)

Opera To Invest $100 Million To Speed Up Internet Adoption In Africa And Strengthen The Internet Ecosystem (more)

[Ghana] World Bank confirms discussions to extend Ghana’s IMF program, suspending guarantee for Independent Power Producers (more)

Private providers sense opportunity in Africa healthcare (more)

[Rwanda] Housing – Government Urged to Partner With Private Developers (more)

[Kenya, Uganda] Drought lifts power imports from Uganda 300 per cent (more)

[South Africa] Gauteng needs R1.8 trillion for infrastructure over next 15 years (more)

[Liberia] Liberia Seeking Investment in Agriculture (more)

Apply to Capria’s next investment cycle (more)

 

 

Deals and Projects

[Nigeria] AGIP to build 150,000 barrels capacity refinery with $15 billion in Port Harcourt (more)

[Nigeria, Ghana] Three new power stations to have a ‘profound’ impact on West Africa region (more)

[Kenya] Azuri solar kits agent secures expansion loan (more)

[Rwanda] Peat Power Plant to Add 80MW On National Grid (more)

[Kenya] Swiss firm to buy Kenyan forwarder of fresh produce (more)

[Kenya] Chinese firm wins Sh2bn tender to build Samburu-Kinango road (more)

[Tanzania] TAZAMA to invest $5.5m fuel depot in Mansa (more)

[Zambia] A Belgian firm has partnered with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to construct a building materials factory and 3,000 houses at the Lusaka South Multi-facility Economic Zone (more)

[Uganda] Uganda’s new logistics hub to target South Sudan and DRC (more)

[Uganda] China continues agribusiness investment in Uganda (more)

Impact

[Report, Nigeria, PWC] Nigeria’s Refining Revolution (more)

[Report] Lights, Power, Action Electrifying Africa (more)

Op-ed: Tackling Africa’s energy deficit must be a priority for the continent (more)

China-Africa Arbitration bodies sidestep international courts (more)

[Interview] ONE Africa director: African infrastructure needs G20 investment (more)

Africa more costly than any other region for developing infrastructure projects (more)

Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business, says AfDB president  (more)

Rural Africa takes to decentralized power (more)

Setting the stage for greater health R&D investment in Sub-Saharan Africa (more)

[Report] Health Governance Capacity: Enhancing Private Sector Investment in Global Health (more)

Funds

500 Startups closes $15M fund to back founders in the Middle East and North Africa (more)

Macroeconomics

What Africa’s CEOs are most worried about (more)

[Congo, Angola] Thousands flee Congo conflict, swelling villages over border in Angola (more)

[Kenya] Kenya reports mixed foreign investment results in 2016 (more)

East Africa: Why Businesses Are Not Taking Political Risk Cover As Kenya, Rwanda Vote (more)

[Zambia] Zambia Borrows $200m from World Bank (more)

Private Equity

[Report] 2017 Africa Sustainability Study: ESG, Job Creation, and Job Quality (more)

 

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-08-17

Opportunities

[Zambia] Zambia’s investment agency has projected increased investment this year (more)

[Tanzania] What Tanzania Should Do to Unlock Livestock Potential (more)

[Nigeria]  Power Sector Recovery Plan – Electricity Tariff May Rise in July (more)

[Nigeria] South East Governors Vow to Find Solution to Power Problem (more)

[Senegal, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya] Transnet to expand rail and port infrastructure in eight African countries (more)

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia Aims for 30 Billion USD from Export of Textile and Garment (more)

[South Africa] Liquified petroleum gas price could be deregulated (more)

[South Africa] Cape Town sets its sights on the production of halaal food in the hopes of establishing a new export industry (more)

[Nigeria] Lagos Sate boosts infrastructure with N291bn (more)

Regulatory

[Kenya] Kenya shelves 10,000km roads financing plan (more)

[Egypt] Egypt passes delayed investment law to smooth business, attract dollars (more)

 

Deals and Projects

[Zimbabwe] SEFA grants US$ 1 million to a 20MW Off-Grid Rooftop Solar project in Zimbabwe (more)

[Nigeria] Dangote to Invest $450 Million in Sugar Production in Niger State (more)

[Rwanda] Works On Nzove Water Treatment Plant to Be Complete in July (more)

[Morocco] Morocco’s Attijariwafa Plans Africa Expansions (more)

[Rwanda] Hilton close to sealing deal to manage Ubumwe Grand hotel (more)

[Kenya] Private equity Catalyst buys stake in regional printing firm (more)

[Kenya] Lancet Kenya set to build Sh800m estate in Machakos (more)

[Tanzania] U.S. Based Financer Comes to Tanzania (more)

[Kenya] Munya calls for talks over 400mw wind farm land stalemate (more)

 

Impact

[Tanzania] The Prime Minister the Dar es Salaam Port to operate 24/7to reduce dwell time and make it competitive (more)

[Kenya] New Road Design Has Cut Cost of Building Roads (more)

[Mozambique] Mozambique’s gas boom dream under threat (more)

[Zambia] 3,500 farmers trained in ICTs (more)

[Report, Ethiopia] Key to the Horn Ethiopia’s prospects to 2030 (more)

[South Africa] South Africa still waiting for its largest ever Chinese-invested steel mill (more)

 

Funds

[Kenya] US equity fund OPIC upbeat about Kenya despite Zuku group woes (more)

How Abraaj Group uses the 2030 global goals to guide long-term investments (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-06-17

Opportunities

[Togo] World Bank Provides $18 Million to Help Improve Trade Logistics Services in Togo (more)

[Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe government opens applications for $25-million tech fund (more)

[Ghana] USAID Promotes Investment in Ghanaian Agriculture (more)

[Ethopia] Water Resource Development Fund (WRDF), launches Water Project Loan Accord (more)

Canada’s Development Finance Initiative (more)

[Report, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya] A Belated Boom: Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and prospects and risks for oil in East Africa (more)

[Report] A Proposal to Create the International Finance Facility for Education (more)

 

Deals and Projects

[Uganda] Uganda’s Siti 1 Hydropower plant Starts Operations (more)

[South Africa] Commercial operations start at Enel’s Gibson Bay Wind Farm (more)

[Angola] Angola Modernizes Its Railway Infrastructure, $350 million deal with GE Transportation (more)

[South Africa, Iran, Nigeria] MTN Group Ltd. to commit the wireless operator to major investments in its biggest markets of Nigeria, South Africa and Iran. (more)

[Uganda, Sudan] Siemens has partnered with the governments of Uganda and Sudan to collaborate on key projects in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation, and healthcare. (more)

Dubai Investments targe, strong growth across Africa (more)

Funds

[Inspired Evolution] Clean energy player Inspired Evolution  on track to raise $250m in fund (more)

 

Impact

[Report, World Bank] The Africa competitiveness report 2017 – Addressing Africa’s demographic dividend (more)

[Interview] How Infrastructure Development Will Drive Economic Growth In Africa (more)

[Report, AfDB] Rail Infrastructure in Africa: Financing Policy Options (more)

African countries must create conducive environment to attract more infrastructure investment (more)

[Report] Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets (more)

Debunking Myths: Africa is A Mess Don’t Invest (more)

African Pension and Sovereign Wealth Fund Forum’s report on de-risking infrastructure investment launched (more)

Macroeconomic

[South Sudan] Renegade general Cirillo says ready to enter South Sudan’s civil war (more)

[Algeria] Algeria’s ruling FLN, allies win majority after vote marked by apathy (more)

Africa Investors eye Niche Markets as Biggest Economies Slip (more)

Africa Eyes Its Prized Continental Free Trade Area (more)

[Rwanda] Rwanda Produces a Third of World’s Tantalum (more)

Private Equity

[Report, EY] Global IPO Trends: Q1 2017 Pathway to growth (more)

[Report, EY] Global Capital Confidence Barometer MENA highlights (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-03-17

Opportunities

 

[Uganda, Kenya] East Africa: Oil Logistics – Where Are Business Opportunities? (more)

[Namibia] NamPower banks on regional utilities (more)

[Zimbabwe] Africa must boost irrigation infrastructure (more)

[Algeria] Norway’s Statoil interested in Algerian offshore, renewables (more)

[South Africa] Six solar-powered airports take off in South Africa (more)

Rural electrification in Africa: An economic development opportunity? (more)

Deals and Projects

 

[Nigeria] $ 11bn Lagos-Calabar railway line gets go ahead (more)

[Ghana, Nigeria] GBfoods, Helios form Joint Venture to create a Pan-African Food Products Company (more)

[Angola] GE will supply seven TM2500 gas turbine sets to Angola for 200 MW (more)

[São Tomé and Príncipe] China donates US$146 million to build infrastructure in São Tomé and Príncipe (more)

[Uganda] Uganda Shortlists Firms for Oil Refinery Project (more)

[AfDB,Nigeria] AFDB approves $280m to support Nigerian youths in agriculture (more)

[Zimbabwe] CBZ Holdings to develop $ 70 million in low-cost housing (more)

[AfDB, Angola] AfDB Investing in Angola’s Infrastructure and Agriculture (more)

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund Anchors $ 60 million bond issue by Helios Towers Africa (more)

[Kenya] USTDA backs one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first utility solar-plus-storage projects (more)

NDF teams up with ECA and partners on climate resilience facility (more)

Funds

 

[Bahrain] The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Tamkeen & Ibdar Launch USD$ 100 Million Bahrain SME Fund (more)

 

Impact

 

 

[Report, World Bank] Performance of Water Utilities in Africa – World Bank Report (more)

[Report, FTI Consulting] Africa investment outlook promising – survey (more)

[WEF] 6 numbers that prove the future is African (more)

[Report, EY] EY’s Attractiveness Program Africa: Connectivity redefined (more)

Macroeconomic

 

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia: Infrastructure Investment for FDI Inflow (more)

Private Equity Market

 

African PE Exits Hit Record High in 2016 (more)

[South Africa] South Africa Real Estate Investments Increase by R28 billion (more)