POLL: filling Africa’s infrastructure gap

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It’s difficult to overstate the importance of infrastructure to sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) economic development. A lack of reliable roads, telecommunication networks, or working ports makes it difficult to run a business. In this environment, foreign companies are less likely to invest.

The latest initiative designed to address the region’s infrastructure funding gap – estimated to be $50 billion per year – is the Africa50 fund, which had its first closing in late July. While this vehicle will undoubtedly help, more widespread change is needed.

IFLR’s poll this month asks what must be prioritised to close SSA’s infrastructure gap. Options are:

  • Local bank funding
  • Capitalising on Islamic finance liquidity
  • New support tools from DFIs and ECAs
  • Improved concession and project structuring
  • Attracting foreign PE and infrastructure debt funds
  • Other
Vote now on the 'Quick Poll’ menu on the right hand side of IFLR’s homepage.

All votes and comments are anonymous. To arrange an off-the-record interview to elaborate on your response, email dmyles@legalmediagroup.com

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