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2017

Emilio Cattaneo promotes EAIF model at global legal firm’s London infrastructure finance conference

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund Executive Director, Emilio Cattaneo, was one of four panel speakers at a conference held by the worldwide legal practice, DLA Piper, jointly with risk advisory specialists FTI Consulting, in London on 29th November.

Clean, safe, reliable water for up to 500,000 Rwandans

Clean, safe, reliable water for up to 500,000 Rwandans as Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund backs private sector water supply project in capital city.

Planet Earth Institute meeting hears about EAIF’s energy infrastructure track record

In late October 2017, EAIF’s Executive Director, Emilio Cattaneo and Roland Janssens, a director at EAIF’s fund manager, Investec Asset Management, participated at an Africa Breakfast Club meeting in London, organised by the Planet Earth Institute (PEI). During an open forum session, moderated by PEI’s chair, Lord (Paul) Boateng* (pictured above with Emilio Cattaneo), EAIF’s representatives explained… Read more »

Lender to Tororo solar north farm says Uganda’s renewable energy policies “African power success story.”

The Chairman of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), which is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group, has praised Uganda’s commitment to developing renewable energy. In a syndicate led by the Dutch development finance bank, FMO, EAIF and FMO loaned US$14.7 million to Building Energy, the developers and operators of the US$19.6 million Tororo… Read more »

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and FMO provide US$29.3 million to refinance the Bugoye hydro-electric power station in Uganda

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) and FMO, the Dutch development bank, are jointly lending US$29.3 million of Senior Debt with a 12-year term to refinance the 13MW Bugoye hydro-electric power plant in Western Uganda. The plant, which has 98% availability, has been producing electricity since 2008.

EAIF backs upgrades and expansion at two Madagascar airports.

First airport infrastructure project for EAIF “A step change for Madagascar’s economic development drive”, says EAIF chairman

Life-changing infrastructure helps 31m people in Africa and Asia

The Private Infrastructure Development Group opened up access to life-changing infrastructure designed to boost economies and combat poverty for 31 million people, last year.

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund announces first project in Mali

The private sector Malian power plant operator, Albatros Energie Mali (AEM), is to build a 90MW HFO-fueled power station in the Kayes region of the country, adding 30% to Mali’s effective base load electricity capacity.

EAIF manager wins Credit Deal of the Year award for IHS Nigeria US$800 million bond issue

At an awards ceremony at London’s Savoy Hotel on 1st June, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), shared in the congratulations when its manager, Investec Asset Management, won the Credit Deal of the Year award from Private Equity Africa. The award marks the successful US$800 million bond issue by IHS, one of Nigeria’s leading telecommunications… Read more »

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund backs better future for Senegal with €6.6 million loan to expand power station

Tobene ll expansion to raise output by 19MW to 115MW In a boost to the independent power sector in Senegal, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) is increasing its lending to Melec PowerGen (Matelec Group), the owner and operator of the Tobene power station in Senegal. The new B loan of €6.6 million is part… Read more »

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund backs US$76 million 40MW solar farm in Mozambique

Project key to development strategy for SMEs in rural Mocuba region The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF / the Fund), which is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group, has signed a Participation Agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to provide a US$16.9 million B Loan, with a +16-year term, to Central Solar de… Read more »

Bond issue supported by EAIF as anchor investor wins prestigious award from The African Banker Magazine

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) is pleased to congratulate Standard Bank on winning The African Banker Magazine’s” Debt Deal of the Year Award”. Standard Bank led the successful US$600 million Helios Towers Africa (HTA) bond issue. HTA is a leading telecommunications infrastructure and power operator in Africa. Following the bond issue, it is set for expansion.

Creating the foundations for progress and prosperity in fragile states

The work of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund By David White, Chairman, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund On 1st May, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) announced it had been the anchor investor in a $600 million bond issue by Helios Towers Africa, one of the continent’s leading telecommunications infrastructure businesses. HTA operates c 6,500 communications… Read more »

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund anchors US$600 million bond issue by leading telco tower operator Helios Towers Africa

Helios Towers Africa (HTA), a leading telecommunications infrastructure and power operator in Africa, is set for expansion following a successful US$600 million, five-year-term, bond issue, supported by the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

EAIF Non-executive Director appointed to UK’s National Infrastructure Commission

The United Kingdom government has appointed Julia Prescot as a permanent member of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). A non-executive director of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) since 201, she is chief strategy officer at Meridiam Infrastructure, a $3.5 billion fund that she co-founded.

EAIF increases lending to Nigeria fertilizer plant project “of prime strategic importance”

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) has increased its lending to Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Ltd (IEFCL). EAIF has backed the construction of the company’s new US$1.2 billion fertilizer plant at Port Harcourt, Nigeria. It is the world’s largest single stream fertilizer plant. A substantial part of the facility is already producing 600 million… Read more »

Lessons learned in years of financing African infrastructure

To learn more about infrastructure financing on the continent, How we made it in Africa spoke to Emilio Cattaneo, EAIF’s executive director, and Investec’s Nazmeera Moola, who heads the investment part of the EAIF. Read the full article on how we made it in Africa here

Lake Kivu project success covered in Jeune Afrique film

Leading French language publication, Jeune Afrique, ran a film in late January about KivuWatt’s unique facility in Rwanda. It is a story of technical success, business progress and delivering electricity’s benefits to ordinary Rwandans. The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund helped to make the project possible. Click here to go to video page on the Jeune… Read more »

Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper carries letter from EAIF Executive Director

EAIF’s Executive Director, Emilio Cattaneo, wrote to The Guardian newspaper in Nigeria about the work of EAIF in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa. His letter was published on 3rd February. Click on the link to read the letter.

Out of the Dark

At the 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting that wraps up today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, more than 3,000 participants from nearly 100 countries have been addressing topics under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership.” A session on the opening day of the conference earlier this week said responding to Africa’s at once dire and promising energy gap is one way elected officials and company officials can responsibly pursue greater economic growth on the continent.

Nigeria’s digital future strengthened by successful US$800 million IHS bond issue supported by EAIF

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) has invested US$50 million in an US$800m bond issued by the Nigerian telecommunications tower business, IHS. EAIF and the International Finance Corporation were named anchor investors in the bond issue. Launched in early October, the bond was successfully marketed and details of EAIF’s investment can now be made public. EAIF is a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).