African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Leaders committed to Infrastructure Co-Investment partnerships

Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment and communications group, today announced the winners of the 2019 Ai Infrastructure Investment Awards. The Awards were presented during the Ai African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Leaders’ Summit on the 3rd September 2019 in Cape Town – South Africa.

The exclusive, invitation-only Ai CEO African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Leaders’ Summit and Infrastructure Investment Awards, were successfully concluded and hosted a series of dialogues that deepened African institutional investors’ commitment to co-investment partnerships to address Africa’s $150bn per annum infrastructure deficit, at the One and Only Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Summit comes hot on the heels of the G7 meetings, where Africa investor (Ai) co-hosted the Global G7 Pensions Dialogue in Biarritz, France, during the G7 meetings, with the World Pension Council.

The Ai African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Leaders’ Summit, was opened by Hubert Danso, CEO and Vice Chairman of Africa investor (Ai) and the Honourable Danny Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles.

The Summit theme of “Asset Recycling, Re-Financing & Co-Investing”, built on last year’s key recommendation which called for greater leadership from African and international asset owners to share their knowledge and expertise with public and private sector colleagues, to support governments implement the African Unions’ 5% Agenda Initiative, which is an African institutional investor led, COMPACT, with African Heads of State, to create a more conducive environment to increase African institutional asset allocation to infrastructure, from approximately 1%-2% today of assets under management (AUM), to 5% of AUM, over the next 5 years (dubbed the 5% Agenda).

Summit speakers included 30 authorative institutional investment leaders and infrastructure investors, a presidential keynote address, from the Honourable Danny Faure, President of the Republic of the Seychelles. A Keynote Working Lunch Dialogue on Investing in the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) from Ambassador, Yonov Fred Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization and included the Africa investor’s prestigious annual infrastructure investment awards.

Commenting on the Summit, Hubert Danso, CEO and Vice Chairman of Africa investor stated, “We were delighted to host such an inspiring and committed group of African pension, sovereign wealth and infrastructure fund leaders, committed to establishing African infrastructure as an investable asset class, in partnership with heads of state, governments and development finance institutions, through the 5% Agenda. “Africa investor is delighted to note that Ai is successfully attracting and seeing many new entrants participating in Africa’s infrastructure investment opportunities. We also congratulate all the award shortlisted nominees and the winners for the important role their entries play is profiling viable African infrastructure investment opportunities.”

BATSETA, CFA New York Asset Owners Advisory Council, World Pensions Council, Africa50, PRI, SAVCA, EAVCA, GLIO, Trade & Development Bank, Pensions Africa, PAL Pensions.

The Summit also hosted the prestigious annual Ai Infrastructure Investment Awards ceremony. The Ai Infrastructure Investment Awards are a unique platform for infrastructure investors, financiers, operators and governments, in Africa’s fast-growing infrastructure sector to gauge and compare their performance, achievements and investment success stories.

The prestigious, highly sought-after Ai Infrastructure Investment Awards formally recognize achievements across the main infrastructure sectors in Africa. The Awards reward the institutions and personalities driving transactions and improving the continent’s infrastructure investment climate. Awards data partners included DEALOGIC & ACURIS.

The 2019 Ai Infrastructure Investment Awards Winners Were:

CATEGORY 1 – Ai Advisor of the Year

– Standard Bank

CATEGORY 2 – Ai Bank Arranger of the Year

– Afrexim Bank

CATEGORY 3 – Ai Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year

– Nedbank

CATEGORY 4 – Ai ICT/Telecoms Deal of the Year

– MTN Nigeria

CATEGORY 5 – Ai Transport Deal of the Year

– African Development Bank (ADB)

CATEGORY 6 – Ai Power Deal of the Year

– Nachtigal hydroelectric plant

CATEGORY 7 – Ai Infrastructure Fund of the Year

– Actis

CATEGORY 8 – Ai African Project Development Financier of the Year

– Africa50

CATEGORY 9 – Ai Pension Fund Infrastructure Investment Initiative of the Year

– Kenya Pension Fund Investment Consortium

CATEGORY 10 – Ai Sovereign Wealth Fund Infrastructure Investment Initiative of the Year

– Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority

CATEGORY 11 – African Developer of the Year

– Themis Energy

CATEGORY 12 – Ai Regional Infrastructure Investment Initiative of the Year

– Trade Development Bank – TDB

CATEGORY 13 – Ai Presidential Investment Leadership of the Year Award

– President Paul Kagame

Awards data sourced from: DEALOGIC & ACURIS


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Africa Investor (Ai) is an investment holding platform that aligns its client base of sovereign wealth funds and long-term investors with vetted infrastructure investment opportunities. Africa investor’s Media arm (Ai Media), is a specialist investment and communications firm advising governments, international organisations and businesses on communication strategies for capital market and foreign direct investments in Africa. Africa investor Media, publishes Africa investor, the leading international newsstand magazine for Africa’s investment decision makers; maintains the Africa investor 40 Investors’ Index and hosts exclusive CEO Investment Summits and Roundtables.