Africa’s top lending institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it will start moving its headquarters and 1,500 employees from Tunisia to Ivory Coast, with first staff to move this year.
Private equity are getting harder in Africa, particularly for mega funds looking for $75m deals, and 57 funds are currently trying to raise $13.1bn causing a “traffic jam”m, say private equity experts.
A partnership between the innovative Stock Exchange of Mauritius and social enterprise NeXii is making great progress towards setting up the Impact Exchange (iX) board on a globally recognized stock exchange. Six companies have gone through the listing process and the iX board expects to start trading in the third quarter of 2013.
Lots of useful commentary is published this week about what’s going wrong with the world’s leading capital markets and finance and it has lots of useful insights for those involved in developing Africa’s capital markets. The latest bout of soul-searching follows the publication of Prof John Kay’s “The Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making” on 23 July.
The dynamic Stock Exchange of Mauritius is pushing ahead with building itself as a secure base for international funding transactions and an African alternative to international listing venues. It is moving to becoming a multi-product exchange aimed at the international market.