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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-28-17

Opportunities

[South Africa] Microsoft Wants Clean South African Energy (more)

Marshall, Merkel, and Africa (more)

THIQAH and COMESA RIA cooperate to promote investment (more)

Real estate developers in Africa challenged to raise funds internally (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Zambia] Mutati seals Lusaka roads deal (more)

East Africa: Uganda, Tanzania Oil Pipeline Deal Unlocks More Funding Options (more)

[Uganda] Z-One Holding and Tryba Energy to install a 10 MWp Solar Energy Plant in Uganda (more)

[Liberia] Liberia: U.S.$25 Million Investment Deal Submitted (more)

[Gambia] Over D600, 000 Water Project Inaugurated in Jarra (more)

Impact

 

[Nigeria] Transforming the transport system in Lagos State: The LAMATA example  (more)

[Tanzania] Training Centre to Boost Energy Access in Rural Areas (more)

Risk Allocation Clauses in African Construction and Infrastructure Projects (more)

 

 

Macroeconomics

[Guinea] Guinea forecasts 6.7 pct GDP growth for 2017 (more)

 

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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-26-17

Opportunities

[Kenya] Oil firms troop to Marsabit as improved roads open up northern Kenya (more)

[Zimbabwe] Govt Expands Ease of Doing Business Reforms (more)

AGCO sets eyes on Africa with its Challenger farm machinery business (more)

[Nigeria] Islamic Development Bank looks to Nigeria as its African hub (more)

[Senegal] Senegal banks on $300 million rapid bus plan to improve urban transport (more)

[Rwanda] New Rwanda Energy Group Boss Says to Priotitise Off-Grid Energy (more)

[Cameroon] Cameroon’s priority until 2029 will remain the construction of infrastructure, according to Ministry of Economy (more)

[Nigeria] European Parliament rolls out development programme for Nigeria (more)

[South Africa] Concentrated Solar Power projects boost South Africa’s economy (more)

Deals and Transactions

[South Africa] Emira Property Fund announces ZAR364 million BEE transaction (more)

[Nigeria] NNPC rekindles hope in Nigeria Power sector (more)

[Rwanda] Rwanda and India Exim Bank ink $81 million deal to fund TVET (more)

[Morocco] the port of Agadir has a new multipurpose terminal (more)

[Nigeria] Nigerian minister unveils rooftop solar energy project (more)

[Kenya] Stanlib Fahari to invest Sh1.8bn in new property by September (more)

[Nigeria] Nigeria, GE Consortium to negotiate terms for rail concession (more)

 

Impact

World Bank earmarks $200m for Fadama III financing in Nigeria (more)

[Turkey, Somalia] Somalia: Turkey to Help Somalia Rebuild Infrastructure, SNA (more)

[Tanzania] Why Banks Avoid Agriculture, Transport Sectors in Lending (more)

[Nigeria] A closer look at Lumos’ pay-as-you-go solar business in Nigeria (more)

 

Funds

Innovative impact fund targets African SMEs and producers (more)

Macroeconomics

[South Africa] South Africa Inflation at 17-Month Low Shows End to Rate Hikes (more)

 

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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-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-21-17

Opportunities

[Tanzania]  Mega Oil Pipeline Projects to Spur Economic Growth (more)

Lives and Livelihoods Fund approves $99 million for Africa development projects (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Rwanda] Portuguese Company to Build Three 200kV Substations in Rwanda (more)

MTN in talks to buy MultiChoice Africa, says report (more)

Impact

Africa needs its own version of the vertical farm to feed growing cities (more)

Funds

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) Launches as a New Entity (more)

Macroeconomics

[South Africa] IMF Expects SA’s GDP to Grow to 1 Percent (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-19-17

Opportunities

USTDA Connects U.S. Industry to Solar Project in South Africa (more)

India eyes cooperation with Africa on international solar alliance (more)

Power Africa launches new initiative at African Utility Week (more)

[Rwanda] Germany Commits Rwf75 Billion to Rwanda’s Development Plans (more)

[ Malawi, Tanzania] Malawi, Tanzania agree to develop Songwe River basin into economic hub (more)

[Mozambique] Mozambique power utility targets 200,000 new user connections (more)

China-Africa Development Fund to boost infrastructure investment and growth in selected African countries (more)

Deals and Transactions

[South Africa] Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year (more)

[Botswana] World Bank loans Botswana $145.5 million for emergency water projects (more)

[South Africa] Microsoft’s First Data Centres In Africa To Be Located In Johannesburg And Cape Town (more)

[Ethiopia] General Electric opens new offices in Ethiopia (more)

[South Africa] Upgrading the Wellington WWTW (more)

[Nigeria] General Electric to assemble gas turbines in Nigeria next year (more)

[Kenya] Volvo to start assembling trucks in Kenya, open 20 workshops in EA (more)

[South Africa] GM pulls out of SA, sells plant to Isuzu (more)

Impact

[Report] BRICS IN AFRICA: MORE OF THE SAME? A comparative study of investment treaties between the BRICS and African countries (more)

EPSA: 7th loan from AfDB and Japan to support the private sector in Africa (more)

[Uganda] Discontent Over Chinese Contractors’ Domination Rocks Uganda’s Roads Sector (more)

How Digital Technology Is Changing Farming in Africa (more)

Mapping Africa’s energy infrastructure: open data lights the way (more)

Funds

SPEF

 

Macroeconomics

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia reports huge revenue in power supply over last 10 months (more)

[South Africa] IMF Lifts South Africa Growth Forecast on Farming, Mining (more)

[Algeria] Algeria industries record mixed performance (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-18-17

Opportunities

[Nigeria] Oyo Govt. to raise N50bn endowment fund to revamp hospitals (more)

[South Africa] Higher education dept to invest R6.9bn in infrastructure in 2017/18 (more)

[South Africa] North West to expand housing infrastructure for military veterans (more)

[Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone] Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund launches household solar competition (more)

Sustainable Energy Fund For Africa call for application (more)

West Africa Clean Energy Corridor launched at AUW (more)

[Saudia Arabia] Saudi Arabia considers electric-power trade with Africa by 2020 (more)

[NIgeria] Geogrid woos manufacturers for its 30MW hybrid power plant (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Nigeria] DLA Piper widens Africa legal network with Nigerian alliance (more)

[Uganda] Taxpayers to Pay More for Entebbe Expressway (more)

Orrick London Team Advises Synergy PE Fund in its Acquisition of Dimension Data in Nigeria & Ghana (more)

I&P-backed funds invest in OuiCarry and AgroServe (more)

[Kenya] Volvo to set up Sh2.5Bn truck assembly plant in Mombasa (more)

[South Africa] S.Africa’s Tsogo Sun swaps hotels for higher Hospitality Property Fund stake (more)

Impact

The Growing Trend of SME Lending in Africa (more)

[AfDB] AfDB starts Sh52bn Africa energy fund (more)

[Nigeria] Islamic Development Bank mulls Nigeria as its regional operational hub (more)

[Guinea] Afreximbank pledges financial support to Guinea’s development plan and power agenda (more)

Investing in Africa’s Infrastructure is Vital (more)

Breakthrough tech gives power to Africa (more)

Africa Credit Markets Brief (more)

[Nigeria] Finding opportunities where others fear to tread (more)

World Bank cautions African utilities against mounting debt (more)

Entrepreneur Links Small-Scale African Farmers With Venture Capitalists (more)

Funds

SPEF makes third investment in West African ICT (more)

Vostok New Ventures backs South African online car buying service (more)

Àrgentil Capital targets $12.5mln for the second fund (more)

Quona Capital invests in AllLife (more)

[Interview] Moringa fund: Impact is ‘more an obligation than an option’ (more)

 

Macroeconomics

[Ethiopia] World Bank to Provide 4.9 Billion USD for Ethiopia (more)

[Uganda] IMF Lowers Uganda’s Growth Forecast to 3.5 Per Cent (more)

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-17-17

Opportunities

[Nigeria] Osinbajo announces new strategy to derisk Nigeria’s cash-crunched power sector (more)

[Nigeria] Meter financing as an investment opportunity in the Nigerian power sector (more)

[Nigeria] FG will bridge infrastructure deficit through PPP, says Adeosun (more)

Why there has never been a better time to invest in Africa (more)

[Kenya] Mombasa eyes transshipment business after port upgrade (more)

[Kenya] Warehousing demand up as importers resort to leasing (more)

[Nigeria] China promises to spend $6.7bn to develop Nigeria’s agriculture (more)

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia: Tapping Hydro-Power Potential for Green Development (more)

[Senegal] Eurobonds: Senegal raises about 660 billion to finance infrastructure (more)

[Kenya] Tullow strikes more oil in Turkana (more)

[South Africa] Kubayi expresses support for 3 700 MW gas-to-power vision amid IPP uncertainty (more)

[Nigeria, Morocco] Nigeria and Morocco sign new agreement on gas pipeline project (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Nigeria]  Dredging of River Niger to cost N100m (more)

[Kenya] Google to open Nairobi office for Africa venture (more)

d.light has partnered with Kenyan microfinancier, Musoni (more)

ICD signs MoU with CADFund to boost infrastructure investment and growth in selected African countries (more)

Google’s Nairobi Based Carrier-Neutral Fiber Project Csquared Closes USD 100m Investment (more)

Impact

[Report] Infrastructure Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa: Best Practices from ten years in the field (more)

This simple energy solution for less than $2 a day (more)

[Report] Increasing the Potential of Concessions to Expand Rural Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa (more)

[South Africa] South Africa: Dube TradePort strengthens regional supply chain (more)

It all comes down to addressing infrastructure at #AUW2017 (more)

Certainty needed to drive energy projects in Africa (more)

Funds

Frontier Energy II announces first close with $116m commitments (more)

Calvert to invest $50m across different sectors in Africa (more)

Macroeconomics

[Uganda] IMFCertaintya growth forecast, blames drought (more)

[Somalia] Somalia Gets $1.3 Billion for Economy, Security (more)