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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-25-17

Opportunities

[Nigeria] Ogun moves to attract more investors with N23bn road construction (more)

[Djibouti] Djibouti opens new port as part of $7 bln/year free-trade zone plan (more)

[Zambia] Zambia: Ngabwe Is Zambia’s Top Choice for New Capital City (more)

Africa: AfDB to Make Africa’s Food Imports History (more)

Africa: Is 80 Percent of Africa’s Population Without Electricity? (more)

[South Africa] Massive Investment in Mpumalanga Education Infrastructure (more)

[Uganda] 800,000 Tonnes of Cement Needed for Standard Gauge Railway Project (more)

Demand grows for industrial real estate in Kenya (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Mauritius, Oman] Oman SGRF picks Mauritius as Platform to Invest in Africa and Asia (more)

[Ivory Coast] Ivory Coast to build 25 MW solar power station (more)

[Egypt, Kenya] Egypt-based contractor set for Kenya entry in Dec (more)

[Tanzania] Tractors Roll Out of Kibaha Assembling Plant (more)

[Angola] Angola linked to Brazil by submarine cable in 2018 (more)

 

Impact

Op-Ed: The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa (more)

[South Africa] African hydropower plant receives international recognition (more)

[World Bank, Report] Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017 (more)

AfDB combines energy, agriculture explosion to kick off industrialization (more)

Funds

Africa Private equity activity grows (more)

Kuramo Capital and Nile Capital launch Africa-focused investment firm (more)

Macroeconomics

[Tunisia] Tunisia’s central bank raises rate by another 25 bps to 5%, to curb inflation (more)

[Namibia] Namibia’s unemployment rate increases to 34 percent in 2016 (more)

Africa remains world’s second-fastest growing region – AfDB (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-16-17

Opportunities

International Solar Alliance plans major irrigation initiative (more)

[Kenya] Govt receives Sh6.8b for rehabilitation of 24 river basins in central Kenya (more)

[Seychelles] The Sun Will Make Ice – Fishing Community in Seychelles Upgrading to Solar (more)

[Kenya] Kenya secured Sh21.9 billion financial assistance from China for infrastructure development and drought mitigation
(more)

[Rwanda] Export Growth Fund (EGF) to ease access to finance for exporters (more)

[Kenya] Uhuru seeks Sh370bn China loan for SGR link to Kisumu (more)

[South Africa] Billions in debt threaten SA’s bulk water infrastructure (more)

European Investors in Gambia to Explore Business Opportunities (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Kenya]  Kenya To Build East & Central Africa’s Largest Solar-Power Plant In Garissa (more)

[South Africa] Turning seawater into drinkable water. A new South African desalination plant is officially up and running (more)

AFC infrastructure summit presents $12bn projects (more)

Africa Logistics Properties gets backing from DOB Equity (more)

Investment of $3m from the €84m Moringa fund will help Asante Capital’s efforts to develop plywood, essential oils and food products industries in the east African nation.

Rothschild impact fund backs Kenyan forestry company (more)

[Kenya] Amu Power signs Sh206bn coal plant deal with China Power Global (more)

[Kenya] Britain’s Equinox to invest $250 million in Kenya biogas power project (more)

[Kenya] Actis seeks nod for Sh2.7bn Thika Road business hub (more)

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation signs $450 million export financing agreement with Burkina Faso (more)

{Nigeria, Benin] Nigeria-Benin Rail Line Underway as Experts Discuss West African Infrastructure Projects (more)

[South Africa] Moloto corridor to connect three provinces, boost local economies (more)

SEACOM accelerates infrastructure investment (more)

[Zimbabwe] Standard bank provides $120m financing to ZPC (more)

[Djibouti] The Djibouti Data Center and Hurricane Electric expand internet connectivity in Africa (more)

Impact

 

Trends in selected infrastructure indicators, Africa average

[Kenya] More incentives needed to spur green energy sector (more)

African fixed income investments coming into their own (more)

[Report] Green Technology Choices (more)

AFC: Why investing in African infrastructure pays (more)

[Uganda] African Development Bank to Steer Restructuring of Bujagali Loan (more)

Sub-Saharan Africa Needs Better Laws to Fix $100 Billion Gap (more)

 

Funds

XSML Capital announces final close of African Rivers Fund at US$50mn (more)

Norway’s $2 Billion Development Fund Bets Big on African Finance (more)

Macroeconomics

[South Africa] Sharp fall in the Absa PMI for April (more)

Fragile States Index 2017 (more)

[Ivory Coast] Ivory Coast soldiers accept deal to end mutiny (more)

[Rwanda] IMF projects economy to grow by 6.2% in 2017 (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-15-17

Opportunities

[Kenya] Govt receives Sh6.8b for rehabilitation of 24 river basins in central Kenya (more)

[Kenya] Spare power capacity falls to 7-year low (more)

[AfDB] Infrastructure tops agenda as AfDB, India work towards a ‘more robust Africa’ (more)

[Zimbabwe] U.S.$9 Billion Investment Funds for Projects (more)

[South Africa] Moloto corridor to connect three provinces, boost local economies (more)

[Morocco] More inclusive growth and youth employment within reach for Morocco (more)

[Nigeria] Nigeria Seeks Foreign Investors for Smart Cities Project (more)

[Nigeria] Adiyan Water Works phase 2 requires N60bn to complete  (more)

[Ethiopia] Officially Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (more)

[Kenya] Kenya eyes infrastructure fund from China’s Sh15 trillion Silk Road initiative (more)

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia Opens PPP Agro-Supply Centre in Bako for Smallholder Farmers (more)

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia: President Reaffirms Govt Support to Real Estate Developers (more)

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia: A Growing Demand for Mushroom (more)

Deals and Transactions

[ Nigeria]  Bank of Industry Unveils Plans to Raise N1 Trillion for Industrial Development (more)

South Africa’s Vodacom agrees Sh269b Safaricom deal to tap Kenyan market (more)

[Kenya] BBC invests Sh1bn in multimedia studios in Nairobi, creates 250 jobs (more)

[Kenya] Huawei Signs Agreement With Kenya To Supply Security Equipment (more)

[South Africa] The 15 megawatt (MW) Sunshine Coast Solar Farm in Valdora powered by Trina Solar panels is on track to be fully operational by mid-2017. (more)

[Rwanda] UAE Firm to Invest U.S.$50 Million in Kigali ‘Smart City’ Initiative (more)

[Kenya] IFC Facilitates $10m Fertilizer Plant Investment in Kenya (more)

Impact

 

Water Management is Key to Sustainable Development and Stability in the Middle East and North Africa (more)

[Kenya] Kenya Set to Gain From China’s Infrastructure Projects (more)

Megatrends impacting development in Africa (more)

Africa: Customs Organisation Pushes for More Intra-African Trade (more)

Measuring Impact Through Sustainable Development Goals (more)

Funds

New Sparta Asset Management establishes Africa infrastructure branch (more)

Who’s Moving To Invest In Africa’s Tech Ecosystem? (more)

Impact Fund Managers from Africa and South America Join Capria Network (more)

Macroeconomics

[Rwanda] Fitch Confirms Rwanda’s Economic Outlook As Stable (more)

[Ivory Coast] Heavy gunfire erupts in Ivory Coast’s two main cities (more)

[Kenya] Kenya’s yuan debt doubles on Sh20.7bn Chinese loan (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-05-17

Opportunities

[AfDB] Africa needs $35 billion to close power deficit, says AfDB President (more)

[Djibouti] Chinese investment in Africa – Djibouti (more)

[Rwanda] Renewable Developers have a week to submit to ACF 2017 Contest (more)

[Sudan] Sudan to launch a new railway strategy (more)

[Gabon] Gabon tenders PPP contracts for the construction of social housing (more)

[Uganda] President wants to allocate free land without delay for investors to boost industrialization (more)

[Nigeria] Canon, says Nigeria ranks top among its targeted countries for investment in the next few years (more)

[South Africa] Gauteng to spend R46-billion on infrastructure projects (more)

[Tanzania] World Class Roads for Cities On Cards (more)

 

 

Deals and Projects

[DRC] ABB wins $30 million order for HVDC power link upgrade in Africa. (more)

[Zimbabwe] FAW Group Corporation is in the initial stages of setting up a vehicle assembly plant in Zimbabwe (more)

[South Africa] South African EdTech Company GetSmarter To Be Acquired By 2U (more)

[Zambia] State closes in on $20m towers deal (more)

[Zambia] Zambia Development Agency (ZDA), which targets to attract US$4.5 billion this year, has already received new investments worth US$1.6 billion in various sectors (more)

[Tanzania] Tanzania starts construction of railway line link to Uganda (more)

[Rwanda] Chinese Company Starts Road Upgrading in Rwandan Capital (more)

[Tanzania] Dodoma Airport to Operate 24hrs after renovation plan (more)

[Jordan] Jordan to host Middle East’s largest net metering PV of 17 MW capacity (more)

 

Funds

[IFC, Amundi] Amundi and IFC to launch $2bn Green Cornerstone Bond Fund (more)

 

Impact

[Nigeria, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, AfDB] AfDB to disburse $1.1bn climate change fund (more)

[EU] EU commits to assist in infrastructure delivery in Africa  (more)

[Compact with Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Rwanda and Senegal] Germany pushes G20 plan to lure more private investment to Africa (more)

African Project Developers’ Award winners announced (more)

[Report, AfDB] Companies to Inspire Africa (more)

[Report] East Africa and the Horn in 2022 (more)

[Interview] The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX) : the solar off-grid grid space (more)

 

Macroeconomic

[Malawi] World Bank gives Malawi K58.7bn credit for budget support (more)