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Monday, 14 December 2015

African Private Equity: The bright continent

Private equity investment in Africa is on the rise. Traditionally, the continent’s abundance of natural resources, including mining and exploration, has been the driving force behind investment interest. But growing demand for telecommunications, infrastructure, consumer goods and financial services, has widened the range of opportunities for potential investors even further. On top of this, some African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia and South Africa, have changed the asset allocation rules of their state pension funds. This means that a certain percentage of pension assets – in some countries up to 15% – may be invested in private companies. As a result, African investors are increasingly choosing to put their money in African private equity. As pension fund regulators and managers become more familiar with the benefits of private equity, the level of capital available to the private sector should increase. This local support should also advance the confidence of international investors.

Source: Investment and Pensions Europe