Telecoms firm MTN Group, based in South Africa has announced it will proceed with a public offer of up to 575 million shares in MTN Nigeria. MTN has been selling off assets and restructuring as it steps up the pace in the race to dominate Africa’s telecommunications sector.
Seven of Africa’s largest securities exchanges are set to have an active link by the first quarter of 2021, according to an article on Bloomberg.com today 30 December. The article quotes Karim Hajji, President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) and CEO of Casablanca Stock Exchange. He says the African Exchanges Linkage Project (AELP) […]
Capital markets practitioners across Africa benefit from a graduate-level programme launched 3 May by the IFC, Milken Institute and George Washington University.
The International Finance Corporation continues its programme of helping develop African debt markets by launching the first bond by a non-resident issuer in Namibia. It raised NAD 180 million (about $12m) which it will use for private sector development.
The Nairobi Securities Exchange is calling for applicants for a “certified capital markets specialist” course, to be held on 16-20 March at a hotel. Registration has been extended to 10 March.
A dynamic African builder of turnkey commodity exchanges, eleni LLC, has teamed up with pan-African Ecobank to accelerate development of African agriculture.
A public-private partnership consortium, including the Government of Ghana (as minority), local and international investors, aim to finalize fund-raising for a new Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) during April and to build the exchange within 12 months.
Rift Valley Railways (RVR), a platform company of Egypt’s Citadel Capital, has repaired 500 kilometers of track between Tororo in Eastern Uganda and Gulu in the North, opening north and northwest Uganda South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to rail services after 20 years of disuse and inefficiency.
Today (16 Oct) saw the launch of the African Corporate Governance Network in Mauritius,, with Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The International Finance Corporation plans to issue a $50 million (NGN 8 billion) local-currency “Naija” bond in Nigeria to support the domestic capital markets and increase access to local-currency finance. IFC bonds are rated triple-A by Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s.
The Initial Public Offer by power company Umeme closed on 7 November and results are expected before the listing on 30 November. Before the close, commentators said there was a turnup of applications and that the International Finance Corporation had invested, but parliamentarians called for an inquiry.
The business environment is rising higher on the agenda of African governments and more progress is being made, but there are still major issues. Doing Business 2193 report by the IFC and the World Bank and the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance, both published in October, highlight which economies and governments are improving fastest.
The International Finance Corporation (the private sector investment arm of the World Bank group) will invest and mobilize more than $1 billion into private infrastructure in Africa during 2012, up from $200 million 5 years ago.
The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and the African Development Bank are to work together to facilitate local currency lending and bond issuance in Africa. They signed an ISDA Master Agreement for this.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on 20 Dec agreed to invest CAD1,250,000 in nickel and copper exploration through Sama Resources Inc, which will use the funds to advance the Samapleu project in eastern Côte d’Ivoire, near the border with Guinea.
Aureos Africa Health Fund invested $2.5 million in a Kenyan hospital and health insurance company, the Avenue Group, which offers affordable healthcare cover, integrated with quality healthcare provision.
The International Finance Corporation plans to invest up to $700 million in new African telecommunications projects in this year and the next, says Reuters.
The International Finance Corporation and 6 leading international finance institutions provided $164 million in financing to Rift Valley Railways International to rehabilitate the Kenya-Uganda railway today (2 August).
This is not strictly an African story, but Islamic finance is a very important for much of Africa.. The International Finance Corporation (IFC – www.ifc.org), a member of the World Bank Group, on 4 November listed its first Islamic long-term financing instrument, a Sukuk. The IFC became the first non-Islamic financial organization to issue a […]