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Africa’s direct investment rebound

The number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in Africa increased by 6 % in 2017, despite the continent experiencing sluggish growth, according to a report by EY. The top five FDI destinations – which accounted for over half of total investment – were South Africa, Morocco, Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The uptick in projects came as economic growth in Africa recovered following the lowest growth in over 20 years in 2016.

Source: African Business, Dec/jan 2ß10

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Upcomming Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa

During November 7-9, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Africa Investment Forum is where project sponsors, borrowers, lenders, and public and private sector investors will come together to accelerate Africa’s investment opportunities.

The African Development Bank is championing the inaugural Africa Investment Forum (AIF) a multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary collaborative platform for the economy and social development of the continent. The Africa Investment Forum is totally transactional marketplace dedicated to advancing projects to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals.

Interested parties can register here: https://africainvestmentforum.com/

Source: Africa Investment Forum

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President Trump calls for more investment in Africa

President Donald Trump said that the US would extend economic support for African countries “committed to self reliance” and foster mutual job creation in a speech to African leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Trump invoked wealthy friends investing in the continent and added that Africa has “tremendous business potential …for American firms. It’s really become a place that they have to go”.

Source: African Business, October 2017

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Global Sustainable Finance Conference 2017

A two-day Global Sustainable Finance Conference will be held from 13th to 14th of July 2017 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will bring together senior executives of financial institutions, policy makers and regulators, development banking community, commercial bankers, senior government officials, representatives of multilateral institutions and other major stakeholders.

The conference delegates will discuss key issue including: Disruptive innovation in the financial industry; strategies and practices for holistically embedding sustainability in organizational culture, lending and investing and decision making; latest developments in financial inclusion and SME Finance; and large-scale project financing for sustainable development.

This global gathering of committed stakeholders offers a distinctive opportunity to deliberate on cutting-edge financial services for advancing sustainable infrastructure projects including clean energy, smart manufacturing industry and financing innovations for creating an inclusive, green and sustainable economy.

In addition to presenting a big picture view of the 21st century financial services and offering actionable insights to the participating delegates, the upcoming conference aims to build global partnerships for sustainable banking and finance. This multi-stakeholder conference provides an excellent opportunity to network with the senior leadership of financial industry, multilateral agencies, government institutions and other stakeholders from around the world. An optional excursion/ get-together will take place on Saturday the 15th of July 2017.

Further details are available on the conference website: http://eosd.org/en/gsfc_fi.html.

The brochure can be downloaded by clicking this link: gsfc2017

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