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16 May 2013

Sustainable investment, not commodity prices set to drive Africa growth $

Africa should not rely on rising commodity prices to continue its economic development and instead must prioritise inclusive private sector development to ensure the continent meets its developmental goals, a new report has suggested.

14 May 2013

Catalyst Principal Partners acquires 50% stake in Yes Brands

SONY DSC Private equity firm Catalyst Principal Partners has bought a 50 per cent stake in Ethiopian bottled mineral water company Yes Brands Food & Beverages.

13 May 2013

MENA-focused Citadel Capital shows improved performance after strategic rethink $

MENA-focused private equity firm Citadel Capital has reported improved results for 2012, on the back of “fundamental improvements” in underlying businesses as well as a sustained emphasis on cost control.

10 May 2013

Africa needs private equity capital to reduce reliance on aid

Private equity investments could make Africa less reliant on aid, but the continent faces challenges in attracting investors such as negative stereotypes and regulatory issues.

10 May 2013

Abraaj Capital nears first deal in Ivory Coast

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital is reportedly looking to make its first investment ion Ivory Coast this year.

9 May 2013

PKA commits €67m to Actis Energy Fund 3

Danish labour-market pension fund PKA has reportedly invested DKK500m (€67m) in the Actis Energy Fund 3 in an overall boost of its infrastructure spend.

7 May 2013

Mergence targets $544m for South African renewable energy debt fund $

South African asset manager Mergence Investment Managers, has confirmed it is targeting ZAR5bn ($544m) for a renewable energy debt fund.

6 May 2013

CDC, Standard Chartered agree $100m emerging markets trade finance plan

UK development finance investor CDC Group has signed a $100m risk participation arrangement with Standard Chartered Bank to help increase the availability of trade finance in developing countries.

30 April 2013

Corporate VC Intel Capital adds investment director for Sub-Saharan Africa

Corporate venture capital firm Intel Capital has added a new investment director, Tobi Oke, based in Lagos, Nigeria.

26 April 2013

CDC Group swings to full year profit, ups investments $

UK government-backed investor CDC Group had a busy year in 2012, switching its focus to less developed markets and increasing investments, while seeing better returns.

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