The next generation of African PE explained

Author: Danielle Myles | Published: 18 Oct 2013
  • Policymakers are showing greater awareness of private equity’s role in promoting economic and social development;
  • The growth and regionalisation of west and east Africa means South Africa is no longer the gateway to Africa;
  • Private equity is still considered an Anglo Saxon construct, and local investment models are still developing;
  • Foreign investors being drawn to the biggest projects and targets could exacerbate the financing gap for SMEs.

Private equity (PE) in Africa is approaching a juncture, with more capital set to enter non-traditional markets and local policymakers looking to harness the investment model to fuel growth.

Wednesday’s Private Equity in Africa Summit, hosted in London by Emerging Markets Private Equity Association and This is Africa, saw panelists assess the continent’s most promising investment models and...