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African Pension and Sovereign Wealth Fund Forum’s report on de-risking infrastructure investment launched

By Staff Reporter | May 5, 2017

Durban, South Africa, 5 May 2017: The Ai African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Forum (ASWPFF), a group of pension and sovereign fund leaders from across Africa, announced the launch of the report titled Unlocking Actions to Mobilize Institutional Investment for Infrastructure. The report was launched at the Ai African Pension and Sovereign Wealth Fund Leaders’ Summit on 2 May in Durban, South Africa.

The report is an initiative of the ASWPFF, with technical support from Africa investor (Ai) Capital and the Global Clearing House for Development Finance (GlobalDF). It defines challenges and suggested actions aimed at unlocking significant institutional, pension and sovereign fund investment for infrastructure projects in developing countries; with special emphasis on Africa’s regional and national infrastructure. The key recommendations in the report are based on multiple inputs: expert studies, surveys of institutional investors, and input from public and private sector participants involved in the development and finance of infrastructure assets.

Pension and sovereign funds were identified as the principal financing partners with an aligned strategic interest capable of innovatively bridging the infrastructure finance gap. African institutional investors have expressed a strong interest to invest in infrastructure services, critical to sustainable and inclusive development worldwide, including critical regional and national infrastructure in Africa.

The report takes a practical focus on specific “unlocking actions” that need to be taken by both the public and private sectors to catalyse institutional investment flows to African infrastructure assets.

To receive a copy of the full report, please contact David Ruwodo at or +27 11 783 2431 or Dr Barbara Samuels at

About the Ai African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Forum -
The ASWPFF is a high-level platform for African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund (SWF & PF) leaders to network and share best practices on key issues related to improving the investment environment for long term intra-African investment. The ASWPFF builds on a series of Ai-led consultations and events for African SWF & PF leaders to assess and determine existing barriers to investment in Africa – including non-listed assets such as infrastructure. Through the Forum, Members generate and have access to industry research, can connect and coordinate as a community and can strengthen governance and build investment capacity.

About Africa investor (Ai) -
Africa investor is a specialist investment and communications firm advising governments, international organisations and businesses on infrastructure investments and strategies for capital market and foreign direct investments in Africa. Africa investor publishes Africa investor, the leading international news stand magazine for Africa’s investment decision makers; maintains the Africa investor 40 Investors’ Index, runs an awards franchise of annual Ai CEO Institutional Investor Summits and events and hosts the Ai African Infrastructure Project Developers Forum.

About GlobalDF -
The Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance (“GlobalDF”) is a nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing the private sector for development, advancing economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction, and the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (“MDGs”). GlobalDF develops concrete management techniques, financial structures, training materials, enabling -communication and knowledge tools that increase the capacity of government officials, development agencies, and the private sector to collaborate effectively in creating business-enabling environments, including the identifying, developing, and financing of infrastructure and other productive projects critical to development.

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