Africa Investment Forum: Founding Partners Unveil Unified COVID-19 Response

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— 15 deals in the Africa Investment Forum’s portfolio, valued at $3.79 billion earmarked to address COVID-19 impacts

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 20, 2020/ — Increased and decisive investment will be the channel for Africa’s economic recovery post-COVID-19, partners of the Africa Investment Forum said on Friday, expressing confidence in the continent’s potential to rebound from the ongoing health and economic crises.

“Africa will come out of this pandemic, tough as it is, and will build better and stronger economies. As partners of the Africa Investment Forum, the premier investment platform for Africa, our gaze must be clear; help Africa reboot its economy,” said African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, during a two-day virtual meeting for Africa Investment Forum founding, institutional and knowledge partners.

In a virtual marketplace that mirrored typical sessions of its annual Market-Days, the Africa Investment Forum convened over 190 participants including current and prospective partners, investors, and project sponsors. The Forum showcased its Unified COVID-19 Response and provided an update on its activities, as well as opportunities for new partners and investors to engage with the platform.

During the meeting, the Africa Investment Forum revealed 15 projects identified across five sectors for priority funding consideration under its Unified COVID-19 Response. The sectors include Agriculture & Agro-Processing, Energy, Health, ICT & Telecoms, and Industrial & Trade. Collectively, these 15 deals which are from the Forum’s current portfolio, amount to $3.79 billion and will help increase the continent’s self-sufficiency and resilience against future shocks. Four project sponsors were invited to pitch their deals to over 100 investors present at the meeting. These include a Dairy processing project in Angola, a vaccine manufacturing plant in Kenya, a cotton manufacturing project in Mozambique, and a proprietary telemedicine platform in Nigeria.

Following the meeting, the Africa Investment Forum’s deal tracker mechanism was immediately deployed to capture investment interest and ensure effective investor-project matchmaking.

The meeting took place as the Africa Investment Forum continues to build on the successes of its first two years in bringing to market deals with transformative potential for Africa’s development.

“The Africa Investment Forum is not a talk shop. What we are trying to do is to focus our Partner’s efforts on the platform’s bankable deals from the 2018 and 2019 portfolio, as well as some new ones in 2020,” said Chinelo Anohu, Head and Senior Director of the Africa Investment Forum. “We are concentrating not just on the health sector, but also on other sectors that will help jumpstart recovery across the continent,” she said, adding that deals “more responsive” to the pandemic are being curated, in order to provide much-needed support to the private sector.

Beyond Boardroom Sessions, the Africa Investment Forum continues to support project sponsors through its Deal Tracker mechanism which monitors the conversion of investment interests to financing commitments and facilitates the progress of deals towards financial close. So far, the forum has facilitated the closure of 8 deals valued at $2.18 billion from the 2018 portfolio.

The Africa Investment Forum, championed by the African Development Bank and its founding and institutional partners, is working to accelerate the closure of the continent’s investment gaps.

Founding Partners are the African Development Bank; Africa 50; Africa Finance Corporation; African Export-Import Bank; Development Bank of Southern Africa; Trade and Development Bank; European Investment Bank; and Islamic Development Bank. Institutional partners include development finance institutions, multilateral development banks, commercial banks, and institutional investors.

About the African Development Bank Group:

The African Development Bank Group is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 41 African countries with an external office in Japan, the Bank contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information: www.AfDB.org

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  1. Instead of waiting for Godot by prostrating in churches and mosques for the next year, these planned multi-pronged steps to, at least, absorb some post-COVID-19 economic impacts should give the continent much needed hope .

  2. Meanwhile, in a recent interview with vaccine pushers Bill and Melanie Gates, the billionaire said countries would get COVID-19 response right “next time” as if he is certain another wave pending. It makes one to wonder about what some of these opinion leaders know the rest of us don’t know: Ominous prediction!

  3. According to CNN, as of today, the US Coronavirus case count has reached 4 millions, primarily because of ineffective testing, tracing, and isolating. Without information to identify infected people, the wellness of this great nation depends on a hoped for efficacious vaccine. Not surprisingly, Dr Faucci, Director of Allergy and Infectious diseases, says there is no end in sight.

    For Liberia where mass national testing will be an impossibility, it means that mask wearing, social distancing, and personal hygiene guidelines must be broadcast daily in all our languages. Lest our policy makers forget. in February virus experts were already predicting that by year end when infections should be lowering for Western countries, poor countries could experience rising infections. COVID-19 is a national security threat.

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