The African Development Bank, Africa50, and Africa Sovereign Investors Forum (ASIF) have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on developing green and climate-resilient infrastructure projects across Africa. The three entities will work together to galvanize financing and drive the development of skills and expertise within the infrastructure sector. The signing took place on 20 June 2022 in Rabat, Morocco, during an event to launch the Africa Sovereign Investors Forum. Under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco, 10 African sovereign investors agreed to set up the Forum. The newly formed platform will accelerate coordination to mobilize patient capital for the continent’s development.
The signatories are Agaciro Development Fund of Rwanda, Fonds Souverain de Djibouti, Fonds Gabonais d’Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS), Fonds Souverain d’Investissements Stratégiques (FONSIS) of Senegal, Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA), Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF), Ithmar Capital (Morocco), Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE).
Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobissé signed for his organization. African Development Bank Vice-President for Private Sector, Infrastructure, and Industrialization, Solomon Quaynor, signed on behalf of the Bank, and Ithmar Capital CEO Obaid Amrane, who will serve as the inaugural chair of ASIF, signed on the new initiative’s behalf.
Ebobissé said: “this is an important step to building strong collaboration between the right stakeholders to meet the substantial infrastructure financing needs of Africa. We must make key regional infrastructure projects attractive and bankable for both global and African private investors and today’s signing will go a long way to address the continent’s infrastructure deficit. It is therefore important that we leverage the strength of the African sovereign wealth funds on the continent, who manage significant domestic savings, to drive the growth of Africa’s economies through the development and successful implementation of strategic infrastructure”.
Quaynor said: “The African Development Bank’s partnership with ASIF and Africa50 would enable stronger collaborations on project development and co-financing, mobilization of capital to fund resilient, green, and sustainable infrastructure, and identification of investment opportunities to promote Africa’s infrastructure and industrialization. This is a key part of the Bank’s strategy to harness the estimated $2 trillion of assets under management from African institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and insurance companies for the continent’s infrastructure and industrialization,” he said.
Amrane said “ASIF’s main objective is to accelerate the development of investment opportunities and to mobilize patient capital. As sovereign investors, we see strong complementarities with African Development Bank and Africa50, especially since our visions are aligned regarding project preparation and capital mobilization. We are pleased today to formalize ASIF, AfDB, and Africa50’s mutual desire to collaborate, for we have a common objective to foster investment in climate-resilient projects, among others, according to our respective mandate.” The collaboration agreement will also seek to address the identification and preparation of projects, a critical success factor in attracting financing to any projects.
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