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African Economic Outlook 2020: Africa’s economy forecast to grow despite external shocks

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For the first time in a decade, investment expenditure rather than consumption accounts for more than half of GDP growth; report calls for urgent investment in education and infrastructure for good returns in long-term GDP; “Youth unemployment must be given top priority. With 12 million graduates entering the labor market each

Op-Ed: Gender equality: It’s time for disruption, time to shatter the status quo. We can’t afford to wait!

The truth is that many bold glass cliff climbers have succeeded without falling off. The time is now to make this a trend...

Africa Investment Forum: $100m African women entrepreneur fund launched

There’s a new investment fund for women entrepreneurs launched in Africa and so far gathered $100m. It is called Alitheia IDF Fund.

Africa Investment Forum: Alfred Zeufack on what opportunities Africa’s free trade deal brings to the continent

Alfred Zeufack, Chief Economist, Africa at the World Bank was one of the more than 2200 delegates who attended the Africa Investment Forum, held in Sandton from the 11th to the 13th of November.

Africa Investment Forum: Bank of Industry’s Olukayode Pitan on agreements signed at the forum

The Managing Director and CEO of the Bank of Industry (BOI) in Nigeria, Olukayode Pitan, says the bank signed agreements with four major banks at the 2nd Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg. He discussed their plans with CNBC Africa’s Kopano Gumbi at the forum.

Africa Investment Forum: Unlocking Digital Investments

An economically, financially and technologically integrated Africa will be driven by the 4th Industrial Revolution. Big data, digitisation, algorithms, cloud computing, and artificial Intelligence, will create new markets, drive productivity and extend social welfare. For Africa to punch its weight as we move into the 4th Industrial Revolution critical changes and investments must be made to prepare the continent for a ‘future’ that is already here....

Africa Investment Forum 2019: African Development Bank signs $250-million risk participation agreement with ABSA, to address Africa’s trade financing gap

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The African Development Bank (https://AfDB.org/en) has signed an unfunded $250-million Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) facility with ABSA - a pan-Africa financial institution with a solid presence in 12 African countries.

The 3-year RPA facility was signed November 12, on the sidelines of the Africa Investmen

Africa Investment Forum 2019 – Promises made, promises kept: Champions share why investments benefit women

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60% of Mara phones’ 400-450 employees are women: This is why our quality is better than anyone else’s – Ashsish Thakkar; We are looking at the value chain of businesses and asking how do we support women across the value chain…from the factory floor all the way to the boardroom? - Tokunboh

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Masai Ujiri urges African leaders to invest in sports, commissions two new “players”

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Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, made his second appearance at the Africa Investment Forum, renewing his call for African governments to invest in sports.

Ujiri, the only President of National Basketball Association (NBA) of African origin in franchise history, has worked hard over the past year to scout ta

Africa Investment Forum: We need to translate interests into actual commitments, says AfDB’s Pierre Guislain

At the end of the three-day-long Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, the African Development Bank says 52 deals worth $40.1 billion secured investor interest compared to the $37.8 billion last year. CNBC Africa’s Fifi Peters spoke to Pierre Guislain, AfDB's Vice President for Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialisation about the next steps.

Africa Investment Forum: DBSA, East African Community seek to boost infrastructure development with joint MoU

The East African Community (EAC) and the Development Bank of South Africa entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Africa Investment Forum held in Sandton from 11 to 13 November. CNBC Africa’s Kopano Gumbi spoke to Kenneth Bagamuhunda, Director General, East African Community and Mohan Vivekanandan, Group Executive, Origination and Coverage at the DBSA about what the MOU entails.

Africa Investment Forum: Unveiling the Boardrooms

As the second edition of the Africa Investment Forum comes to a close, this session unpacks the boardroom highlights, outcomes and the way forward....

Road to Africa Investment Forum: Finding innovative funding solutions to projects in Africa

Advancing projects to bankable stages, raising capital and connecting investors to unique opportunities is setting the tone for the Africa Investment Forum. Ada Osakwe, CEO of Agrolay Ventures, Jude Chiemeka, Head of Trading Business Division of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and Dave Uduanu, CEO of Sigma Pensions join the CNBC Africa panel discussion for the Road to the Africa Investment Forum....

Africa Investment Forum: Anohu-Amazu: The real work starts after the forum

The African Development Bank (AfDB) says the second edition of the Africa Investment Forum recorded $40.1 billion in investor interest from its boardroom dealings. CNBC Africa’s Chris Bishop and Kenneth Igbomor spoke to Africa Investment Forum’s Head and Senior Director, Chinelo Anohu-Amazu about the interests secured.

Africa Investment Forum: Foreign investors look to African assets

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has invested more than $11 billion over the past seven years into developing the private sector and market economies in North Africa. They are currently in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. The Bank’s Managing Director, Janet Heckman, spoke to CNBC Africa’s Kopano Gumbi on the second day of the Africa Investment Forum held in Sandton.

Africa Investment Forum: Tembo Power diversifies into fund management

For the past five years, Tembo Power has been developing small hydropower projects, and is now restructuring as a Fund Manager. The Founder of Tembo Power, Raphael Khalifa, spoke to CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor.

Africa Investment Forum: More needs to be done to increase access and affordability of power – AfDB

Most of the conversations on the power sector at the Africa Investment Forum have been around reform, regulation and renewable energy. CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor caught up with Angela Nalikka, Division Manager PESD of National & Regional Power Systems for the African Development Bank.

Africa Investment Forum: “Conversations at the forum can be transformative for the continent” – Ecobank CEO Ade Ayeyemi

The quality of conversations at the Africa Investment Forum has been impressive, and focussed on transactions that can be transformative for the continent. Ade Ayeyemi, CEO of Ecobank spoke to CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor, saying that he felt energised by the frank conversations to bring projects to a bankable stage.

Op-Ed: Raising capital to finance development – the AfDB as innovator and catalyst

Africa’s financing needs will remain very large over the next few decades. Both public and private capital formation will be necessary to pursue the necessary structural transformation of African economies into industrial and post-industrial societies.

Africa Investment Forum: EU commits R745mn to developing South African SMMEs

The European Union is funding a project worth R745 million to support the develop small to medium enterprises in South Africa. This will be used to address some of the challenges that SMMEs face, and to build the capacities of the key actors including government departments and the private sector.Daniel Chiwandamira, Programme Management & Planning Expert for the Ecosystems Development for Small Enterprise (EDSE) spoke to CNBC Africa’s Kopano Gumbi.

Africa Investment Forum: Muzi Mathema of GDDA on why Gauteng is an investment destination of choice

The Gauteng Growth Development Agency, or GGDA, has been an integral partner in bringing the Africa Investment Forum to Sandton. CNBC Africa’s Kopano Gumbi spoke to Muzi Mathema, Acting Group Executive of Business Intelligence at GGDA about the investment attractiveness of the Province.

Africa Investment Forum: Kalagadi Manganese’s Mashile-Nkosi on funding, women empowerment & gender diversity

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, Chairperson of Kalagadi Manganese, has been involved with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for a number of years, having been funded by the bank. She spoke to CNBC Africa’s Kopano Gumbi about her shared interests with AfDB around gender diversity and giving opportunities to African businesswomen.

Africa Investment Forum: All On CEO Wiebe Boer on why he is bullish about renewables on the continent

On Monday, on the first day of the Africa Investment Forum in Sandton, CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor spoke to Wiebe Boer, CEO of All On. They spoke about Nigeria Energy Access Fund (NEAF) which is focused on investing in off-grid renewable energy companies in Nigeria.

This is how much was raised at the Africa Investment Forum

The forum was described as “speed dating on steroids”.

Africa Investment Forum: Eunomix CEO: How resource nationalism can be turned into a positive force in Africa

The interest of international investors in the African continent is growing, as can be seen by good attendance at the Africa Investment Forum held in Sandton. CNBC Africa’s Fifi Peters spoke to Markus Pietikäinen, Chief Investment Officer of Finnfund and Claude Baissac, CEO of Eunomix about their experience at the AIF, development of entrepreneurs, access to finance and other key issues.

Africa Investment Forum: African Trade Insurance Agency signs MoU with European Investment Bank

The African Trade Insurance Agency, Africa’s multilateral guarantee agency covering trade and investment flows across the continent, signed an MOU with European Investment Bank at the Africa Investment Forum. CNBC Africa’s Fifi Peters spoke to John Lentaigne from the Agency.

Africa Investment Forum: IsDB looks to expand footprint in PPPs on the continent

The Africa Investment Forum comes at an opportune time for Africa given the increase interest from investors and financier on the continent, says Mohamed Hedi Mejai, the Director of the Investments Department at Islamic Development Bank Group. The Group is a founding partner of the AIF, along with the African Development Bank. He spoke to CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor.

Africa Investment Forum: How Africa’s richest province plans to turn waste into energy

Soon we will be turning our waste into energy firing industry from electricity. One of the projects discussed is a waste to energy plant in Gauteng Africa’s richest province that was discussed by Ernest Mahlaule, Chairman of the GGDA.

Africa Investment Forum: Ibukun Adebayo: Where the LSE sees investment opportunities on the continent

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is much more integrated into the deal rooms at the Africa Investment Forum than it was last year, looking at infrastructure development opportunities, gender balance and diversity opportunities and ensuring that the LSE is involved in the Africa debate around investment. CNBC Africa’s Kopano Gumbi spoke to Ibukun Adebayo, Co-Head of Emerging Markets at the London Stock Exchange for more.

Africa Investment Forum: “Investor feedback has been positive” – VP of AfDB, Swazi Tshabalala

As deals take centre stage at the second Africa Investment Forum – AfDB's Vice President for Finance, Swazi Tshabalala says the investor feedback has been positive on the Africa Investment opportunity. CNBC Africa's Kenneth Igbomor caught up with her on the sidelines of the forum.


Why business should not throw in the towel in the face of COVID-19

“I would like to appeal to all large businesses not to resort to force majeure and stop paying their suppliers and rental commitments , as such practice has a domino effect on all other businesses dependent on that chain,”

SA extends lockdown by two weeks until end April

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening extended the country's lockdown by two weeks until the end of April to slowdown...

COVID-19: Trump hold on finances would hurt our work in Africa – WHO.

"If that decision is made it would severely impact our work here in Africa,” says Moeti.

Update on Rupert family’s R1bn COVID-19 fund

This week Johann Rupert’s R1billion Sukuma fund had to close doors on desperate small businesses wanting help to fight the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns.

World Bank considers debt relief for Africa to fight COVID-19

The World Bank expects COVID-19 to cost Sub-Saharan Africa up to $79 billion in lost output in 2020, plunging the region into its first recession in a quarter of a century. World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa, Albert Zeufack joins CNBC Africa for more.