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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-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-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-09-17

Opportunities

[Kenya] Kenya banks on Kisumu jetty to reclaim oil business (more)

[Zambia] Zambia: World Bank Gives Zambia $200 Million for Rural Roads (more)

[Nigeria] Nigeria Seeks $5.2 Billion From World Bank for Electricity (more)

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

[Rwanda] Rwanda: Government to Roll Out Rwf206bn Affordable Housing Fund (more)

AfDB calls for more funding to spur Africa’s development (more)

[Kenya] Why taps in Nairobi will remain dry despite rains (more)

Investors from US eye assets in Africa (more)

[Senegal] Kosmos Energy Announces Major Gas Discovery Offshore Senegal (more)

EAC countries to meet over one area mobile network (more)

[Jordan] How To Invest In Jordan (more)

West Africa loses over $2 billion to illegal fishing because governments don’t talk to each other (more)

[Nigeria] FG Targets 130, 000 Hectares Of Irrigated Agriculture By 2020-Minister (more)

[South Africa] South Africa: Investment in transport sector strengthens (more)

[Nigeria] Lekki Free Zone: Lagos invests $4bn on infrastructure (more)

[United Arab Emirates] UAE Approves $111 Million In Infrastructure Projects (more)

ACF 2017 contest to fund renewable energy start-ups in Sub-Saharan Africa (more)

Lafarge Africa to seek shareholder approval for N140bn via rights issue (more)

[Kenya] Kenya set to host regional hub for postal services (more)

Regulatory

[Ghana] PPP Law will address inefficiencies in sole-sourced procurements (more)

 

Deals and Projects

[Kenya] Indian giant buys out Nairobi tours operator (more)

[South Africa] Nordex completes fifth wind farm project in South Africa (more)

[Zimbabwe] SEFA grants US$ 1 million to a 20MW off-grid rooftop solar project in Zimbabwe (more)

[Nigeria] Nigeria awards $949m gas pipeline project to Chinese firm (more)

[Iran] MTN to invest 540m rand in Iranian Network (more)

[Kenya] Catalyst acquires Kenya’s Britania brand (more)

Zoetis gets $14.4m to develop livestock infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa (more)

Pan Africa Solar launches 50w solar home system (more)

 

Impact

[Report] Unlocking the Irrigation Potential in Sub-Saharan Africa: Are Public-Private Partnerships the Way Forward? (more)

[Rwanda] YARA Rwanda takes high-quality fertilizer distribution services closer to farmers (more)

Investing in Africa’s tech ecosystem (more)

Encouraging youth economic participation through Shared Growth (more)

[Ethiopia] Ethiopia: PPP Intervention for Maize Farmers Exceeds Target by 150% (more)

Africa’s Infrastructure Development: Racing Tortoises (more)

 

 

Funds

Calvert Foundation moves into syndication to pool dollars for impact loan funds (more)

Macroeconomics

IMF urges Nigeria, SSA to implement strong and sound policies to restart growth (more)

Sub-Saharan Africa at Risk of Long-Term Slowdown, IMF Warns (more)

[Mali] Mali says militants kill 7 soldiers in attack in north (more)

[Somalia] Al Shabaab militants attack Somali army base, killing several soldiers (more)

Egypt And Sudan: Is This The Stage For Africa’s Next War? (more)

[Egypt, Sudan] Egypt rejects new Sudanese maneuver concerning Halayeb and Shalateen (more)

Private Equity

South African private equity continues to endure despite slowing growth 

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Private Equity Mature in Africa? (more)

Property opportunities in Africa: What we can learn from Mara Delta’s portfolio (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-07-17

Opportunities

[Nigeria] Oyo State to dredge 24 rivers (more)

[Kenya] Efforts underway to boost tourism at Coast (more)

[Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe: $90m Package for SMEs Unveiled (more)

[Nigeria] Off-grid Solar: Pennies for a piece of the sun (more)

[Uganda] Uganda unveils Africa’s first solar-powered luxurious bus (more)

[Ethiopia] Delegate Briefs Business Organizations On Investment Opportunities (more)

Regulatory

[Kenya] New law forces property developers to install solar panels (more)

 

Deals and Projects

[Kenya] New standard gauge train to cut travel cost by half (more)

[Nigeria] Central Bank of Nigeria approves N2b loan for poultry syndicate at Shonga Farms (more)

BBOXX partners IoT firm Aeris to bring machine learning to its plug and play solar devices across Africa (more)

Impact

 

 

[Interview] Thierry Hugnin: Financial risk is the main issue for Private Equity in Africa (more)

Start-ups can help Africa meet its energy needs. But they need to be encouraged (more)

 

Macroeconomic

 

[Tunisia] Tunisia inflation at 5 pct in April (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-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)