African Infra Investment

Africa investor (Ai) Pension & SWF Forum: Infrastructure & Real Assets – Johannesburg 10 May 2016

It’s no coincidence that US President Barack Obama and China's Chairman Xi Jinping have both made long-term investment in African infrastructure projects a priority.

With 1 billion consumers, a diversified economic base servicing a new middle-class and one of the fastest GDP growth dynamics, the African economy has finally come of age.

A new entrepreneurial spirit is sweeping across the continent: with direct foreign investment (FDI) from U.S., European and Chinese investors reaching new heights in 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.

A new Africa is emerging: many Northern Hemisphere pension funds and Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth institutions have already included African bonds, stocks and private equity/venture capital assets in their core portfolios, generating superior risk-adjusted returns for future pensioners in the West whilst, simultaneously, helping accelerate the growth trajectory of developing nations from the Bight of Benin and the Gulf of Guinea to the Ethiopian Highlands.

African investments in traditional, listed asset classes have thus allowed institutional investors the world over to “make good by doing good”.

And the next frontier for pension investors and African policy makers alike is in infrastructure: power plants and connecting grids, roads, highways, modern rail networks, ports and airports are now being built across the continent, with foreign private-sector institutions investing side-by-side with multilateral lenders and municipalities, provincial and national governments across Africa.

On 10 May 2016, Africa investor (Ai) will bring together institutional investors from South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Morocco…etc. as well as North American and European pension funds eager to harness the power of African economic and demographic dynamism through new public-private-partnerships (PPPs) that will expand existing infrastructure assets or simply build new ones from scratch.

This high-level event constitutes a unique opportunity to meet the African CEOs and policy makers as well as domestic and foreign pension investors who will be determining the emerging African infrastructure asset class for years to come: from soon-to-be privatized telecommunication licences, airport and highway concessions (‘brownfield assets’) to the new infrastructure investment opportunities of the future (‘greenfield’) that will connect African towns and cities to the rest of the world.

Join us at the 2016 Africa Pension & SWF Infrastructure Forum held in Johannesburg on the 10th May 2016 to discuss the important issues that will shape institutional investment in real assets across the continent.

For more information about the event and conditions of attendance, please follow the instructions on the event programme page:

Or contact directly the event coordinator:

Ms Cassandra Pireu


Tel: +27 (0)11 783 2431

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