Ethiopia

Ethiopia

More weather index insurance for African smallholder farmers

IFC signed 2 grant agreements with MicroEnsure Ltd for index-based weather insurance to help small-scale farmers in Rwanda and Zambia manage drought and too much rain.

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange trades over USD1bn in year to July

Ethiopia’s Government says trading on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange totalled transacted some Birr 20 billion ($1.06 bn) worth of commodities on the trading floor during the 2012/13 Ethiopian state budget year (to July).

Capital raising

Jacana merges with InReturn Capital, launches $75m private equity fund for SMEs

Entrepreneurs running small and medium-enterprises (SMEs) in West and East Africa stand to benefit from a new $75m private equity fund. The announcement follows the news on 29 Jan that two long-term private equity partners – Jacana and InReturn Capital – are merging.

Cote d’Ivoire

World Bank says 4.8% growth for sub-Saharan Africa in 2012, cuts earlier forecast

The World Bank has cut its growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier in the year it forecast 5.2% growth overall for SSA economies in 2012, but yesterday (4 Oct) it cut this to 4.8%.

Ethiopia

Silk African Food Fund munches into Ethiopian biscuits

The Silk African Food private equity fund, run by UK regulated specialist asset manager Silk Invest Ltd, has acquired a significant minority equity stake in NAS Foods Ltd., a biscuit maker in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia

5 Africans named social entrepreneurs of 2012

Five leading Africans and innovators were named Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2012 Africa by the Schwab Foundtion last week at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia

Making the market, the story of the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange

This article by Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO of the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange, gives a fascinating, self-critical and revealing account of the creation of the exchange and the sometimes breakneck pace at which the market grew. It’s very good, and well worth reading in full.

Ethiopia

Duet and Vasari invest private equity in Ethiopia’s Dashen Brewery

London-based alternative asset manager Duet Group and Vasari, a company with a record of growing businesses, announced recently in a press release that they had made the largest private equity investment in Ethiopia so far to expand Dashen Brewery.

Capital raising

Ethiopia plans more bonds for $4.7bn hydropower dam

Ethiopia has raised Birr 7 billion ($408 million) of debt to finance the $4.8 bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River, and plans to issue more bonds to raise the finance domestically.

Capital raising

Berbera Port-China deal – change in the Horn?

Somaliland media sources and other rumours have suggested (12 Aug) that a deal on Somaliland’s Berbera port is imminent with China and Ethiopia.

Capital raising

Ethiopia to sell 18 more state-owned enterprises

Ethiopia’s Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency (PPESA) has privatised 287 enterprises since 1995, and plans to sell 18 companies in direct sales and 5 companies in joint ventures.

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange now available on mobile phones

The dynamic Ethiopian Commodity Exchange is further spreading its information feed. Now customers can access general information and their accounts through SMS and voice telephone (“Interactive Voice Receiver”) systems, according to an article in Ethiopia’s Fortune newspaper.

Ethiopia

Africa features 7 of world’s top 10 economies for the coming year

On IMF forecasts Africa has 7 of the world’s top 10 places for fastest growing economies for the 5 years from 2011-2015, reports the Economist, and 6 of the top 10 over the past decade were also African.

Ethiopia

IFC to offer $20 million guarantee facility for Ethiopian coffee producers

The International Finance Corporation is investing $21 million to guarantee coffee crops. The facility would be to support the Ethiopian Coffee Initiative run by Technoserve.

Ethiopia

Bond market coming to Ethiopia, and experts review T-Bills

Ethiopia may soon have corporate bonds, paving the way to a bond market, according to a press conference last week by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. According to a report in the respected Fortune weekly newspaper, the Prime Minister told media on 18 March that state-owned enterprises would start issuing bonds

Ethiopia

NSE to launch commodity exchange “by June”

The Nairobi Stock Exchange (www.nse.co.ke) has set mid-2010 as the target to launch a commodities exchange. It will be a joint effort by the National Cereals Produce Board (www.ncpb.co.ke), the Kenya Agricultural Commodities Exchange (www.kacekenya.com), Eastern African Grain Council (www.eagc.org) and NSE.

Ethiopia

Meeting to form body for African commodities exchanges and ECX launches speciality trading system

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange hosted a meeting to form a body for African commodities exchanges and launches speciality trading system, currently trading speciality high-quality coffees.

Capital raising

Agri-Vie fund close to $100 million target, finding projects

Agricultural private equity fund Agri-Vie will reach its target of raising $100 million for investment in agricultural projects by February or March, according to an interview with Reuters. It says there is plenty of potential and plans a second fund of up to $300 million. Earlier in January the fund made 2 investments totalling $10 mln in 2 agricultural projects in Ethiopia and across the region, and it is close to finalizing a $4 mln investment in Tanzania.

Ethiopia

ECX sells another 150 seats

The fast-growing Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (www.ecx.com.et) on 31 December sold 150 full membership seats for a total of Birr 34 million (US$2.7 million). The new …

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange to help finance agricultural trade

Traders on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange will be able to use their stocks to access bank finance, according to a scheme launched with the International Finance Corporation