AfDB approves US$40mn investment for AIIF3

16178168010 58b75cb6cc zThe Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved an equity investment of US$40mn in Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund (AIIF3)

AIIF3 is a closed-ended pan-African infrastructure fund managed by South Africa-based Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM).

The Fund will focus on acquiring positions of significant influence on roads, airports, rail links, bridges, ports, logistics, power generation, utility distribution, as well as telecommunication assets.

The statement added that the proposal represents the Bank’s third investment with this fund manager, following a 1996 investment in SAIF and a 2010 investment in AIIF2.

With this, the AfDB stands to have a positive additional role through this investment, given that the fundraising market continues to be very challenging, leaving an important role to be played by DFIs, it further added.

The Bank’s investment will ensure the highest environmental and social standards are applied to AIIF3.

“In terms of development outcomes, AIIF3 will create a quantifiable and measurable social and environmental impact by supporting energy and transport infrastructure access across sub-Saharan Africa,” the statement read.

The Fund will support the creation of more than 1,500 jobs at the project level and enhance capacity building and skills transfer.

The Bank Group’s director of infrastructure and urban development, Amadou Oumarou, said that private equity in Africa remains a nascent sector.

“The recent downturn in global commodity prices and a reorientation away from private equity in Africa by a few DFIs have lowered fundraising expectations across the board. This is negatively affecting the availability of equity capital for Africa’s infrastructure space. In this sense, the Bank would play a counter-cyclical role through this investment,” he added.

He further added that the AIIF featured in five regional offices in South Africa, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Kenya. This translates to on-the-ground knowledge and strong relationships to source infrastructure investment opportunities.

This Equity Investment is fully aligned with the Bank’s operational priorities and the High 5s, particularly ‘Industrialise Africa,’ ‘Light up and Power Africa,’ and ‘Integrate Africa’. It will sustain the development of Africa’s infrastructure market.

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