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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-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-22-17

Opportunities

[Rwanda] Rwanda Partnering With Nokia And SRG To Deploy Smart City Technology (more)

[Tanzania] Preps for Lake Victoria Vessel Tender in High Gear (more)

[Tanzania] Mwambani Port Prospects Bright (more)

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

East Africa: Railway Set to Revive Forgotten Lake Victoria Transport (more)

East Africa: Uganda May Join Dar As Kenya Weighs Options of Extending SGR to Malaba (more)

[Tanzania] Tanzania Struggles to Finance Standard Gauge Railway (more)

[Tunisia] Tunisia launches tender for 70 MW of solar (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Tanzania, Uganda] East Africa: Oil Pipeline Gets Go-Ahead (more)

[Namibia] Fishcor Onshore Horse Mackerel Project On Course (more)

[Rwanda] Rezidor Hotel Group Opens Second Hotel in Kigali (more)

[Kenya] US fast-food chain eyes Kenya with franchise deal (more)

[Kenya] Shell exits fuel retail business (more)

Impact

[Report] African Economic Outlook 2017 (more)

[Uganda] UDB Receives Shs95 Billion From Arab Development Banks (more)

China’s One Belt initiative could pile up Africa’s debt (more)

Regulatory

[Kenya, Uganda] East Africa: Rift Valley Railways Running Out of Time to Salvage Concession (more)

[Kenya] ERC study puts cheap night electricity tariffs in limbo (more)

Funds

Africa 

Macroeconomics

[Egypt] Egypt’s Central Bank raises rate 200 bps on growing risks to inflation (more)

[Uganda] What Remains of Uganda’s Economy (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-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)

 

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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-12-17

Opportunities

[Nigeria] Bank of Industry to raise N1trillion for industrial development (more)

[Rwanda] Rwanda Unveils Smart Cities Blueprint As Transform Africa Summit Gets Underway (more)

[Tanzania] Tanzania Assures South African Investors of Investment Opportunities (more)

East Africa: Air Transport Liberalisation to Create 46,000 Jobs for EAC Per Year (more)

[Rwanda] Rwanda: ‘Smart Rwanda’ Initiative Gets a Boost From Japan International Cooperation Agency (more)

Deals and Transactions

[Kenya] Construction of Sh5.5bn Likoni cable car set to begin in Dec (more)

[Ethiopia] US announces success of Ethiopia PPP in farm project(more)

[Kenya] KFS signs deal with private firm on industrial bamboo production (more)

[Kenya] New Railway Ready and Waiting for Maiden Trip (more)

[Kenya] UK energy firm says 35MW biogas plant nearing completion (more)

[Uganda] East Africa: Siemens Signs Power Deal With Uganda (more)

International Finance Corporation invests in Africa local currency bond fund to support capital markets (more)

[Equatorial Guinea] Equatorial Guinea signs agreement with Saudi Arabia on construction of Bioko oil terminal (more)

Impact

[South Africa] Making gas out of Africa’s waste (more)

[Malawi] Solar Powered Irrigation to Transform Lives of Youths (more)

[Kenya] In drought-hit Kenya, selling water keeps city youth in business, off drugs (more)

Incentivizing the private healthcare sector in Africa (more)

[Kenya] Why global firms are keen to open bases in Nairobi (more)

 

Funds

TriLinc Global Impact Fund Makes Impact Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia (more)

 

Macroeconomics

[Egypt] East Africa: Rwanda, Ethiopia Agree On the Nile Despite Egypt Worry Threat Shaky Deal (more)

[Namibia] Namibia secures $750 million loan from African Development Bank (more)

 

 

 

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Infrastructure Morning Essentials

Monday, May-11-17

Opportunities

 

Africa uses only 10 percent of hydropower potential (more)

[Rwanda] Rwanda Development Bank announces investment opportunities in the Kivu Belt, hotbed for luxury and leisure tourism (more) 

[Nigeria] World Bank to spend $200m on new project in 9 states (more)

[Nigeria] Export Processing terminals key to global competitiveness (more)

[Kenya] UN to invest Sh250m in Kenya clean power plan (more)

Fund set to inject Sh1.72bn in Africa’s bond markets (more)

[AfDB] AfDB urges countries to improve funding absorption capacity (more)

[Tanzania, Rwanda] Tanzania-Rwanda rail development to boost East African train links (more)

[Tanzania] Tanzania: Zanzibar’s Commercial Oil, Gas Exploration to Start in Eight Years (more)

[Rwanda] Govt Pushes for Innovations, Efficiency to Meet Energy Targets (more)

[South Africa] Billion rand upgrade for Midvaal (more)

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia’s Real Estate Market, Still Under Construction (more)

[South Africa, Namibia] South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation is keen to get project proposals for funding in Namibia (more)

Deals and Transactions

 [Ethiopia, Djibouti] Ethiopia-Djibouti electric railway begins regular test run (more)

[Nigeria] Data experts, MainOne, extends reach across West Africa with new countries (more)

[Kenya, Tanzania] Building of Sh16bn Malindi-Lunga Lunga road to begin next year (more)

[Ghana] Ayitepa wind farm completes refurbishment of three local schools in Ghana (more)

[Nigeria] Nigeria to start talks with General Electric over railway contract: minister (more)

[Nigeria] The federal government may have agreed to enter a funding agreement in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) deal with Bi-Courtney Highways Limited to ensure the timely construction and rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway project (more)

[Uganda] BringCom Incorporated set to acquire Datanet (more)

[Rwanda] Kigali – Chinese Firm Helps Rwanda Build Vision City to Tackle Housing Challenges (more)

East Africa: Oil Pipeline Survey Begins (more)

[Uganda] Real estate industry fast-growing in Uganda (more)

Impact

[Report] Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report Semi-Annual Sales and Impact Data (more)

Kenya drops on list of top hydropower producers (more)

[Uganda] Two Years On, Work On Kampala-Jinja Express Highway Yet to Begin (more)

The Internet for Education in Africa: Helping Policy Makers to Meet the Global Education Agenda Sustainable Development Goal 4 (more)

[Report, Deloitte] Invest in Côte d’Ivoire A business guide for Africa’s fastest-growing economy (more)

 

Funds

[500 Startups] Announcing 500 Falcons first closing at $15m out of $30m target (more)

Regulatory

[Zambia] Zambia’s energy regulator approves 75 percent retail electricity rise (more)

Macroeconomics

[Egypt] Egypt Will Take Another $1-Billion Loan from World Bank in December (more)

[Ghana] Ghana inflation rises to 13.0% in April in higher transport costs (more)

[Nigeria] Moody’s thoughts on Nigeria’s economy and banks (more)

[Somalia] U.N. chief says seeking further $900 mln for Somalia crisis response (more)

[Kenya] Tourism rebounds as foreign visitors up 20pc (more)