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20 March 2013

Uganda state pension to launch private equity fund

Uganda flag Uganda’s only state pension fund is reportedly planning to launch a private equity vehicle to diversify its investments from public markets.

18 March 2013

Amethis inks first deal with $10.5m investment in Kenya’s Chase Bank

Africa-focused investment firm Amethis Finance has invested $10.5m in Kenya’s Chase Bank.

1 March 2013

CDC provides $40m loan for Nigerian fertiliser project

UK emerging markets investor CDC has provided a $40m loan to Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals to build and operate a fertiliser production facility near Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

28 February 2013

Nigeria’s Communications Technology Ministry secures $3.5m for new venture fund $

Nigeria is set to boost its IT sector with a new venture fund and has already raised $3.5m towards its $15m target, AltAssets has learned.

28 February 2013

IFC names Jean Philippe Prosper as VP of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

Development finance group IFC has named Jean Philippe Prosper as vice president of Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, where he will oversee IFC’s investment and advisory services operations in 79 countries.

26 February 2013

EuroMena II invests in Egypt’s Easy Group, readies third MENA fund $

Capital Trust Group has acquired 20 percent of Egypt’s Easy Group, a provider of wet wipes and antiseptic products, via its EuroMena II fund.

26 February 2013

IFC, Intel Capital top up investment in rural 3G company Altobridge

Altobridge, a provider of solar-powered 3G networks to rural communities, has received follow-on financing from development finance group IFC andcorporate venture capital firm Intel Capital.

22 February 2013

PE firm AFIG Funds back on the road after investing first fund $

West and Central Africa focused private equity firm AFIG Funds is back on the fundraising trail after nearly fully investing its first fund, AltAssets has learned.

22 February 2013

African private equity firm AFIG invests in Impaxis Capital’s Senegal portfolio

Africa-focused private equity firm Advanced Finance & Investment Group (AFIG) has invested $14m in petroleum marketing and distribution companies Elton Senegal, Elton Gambia, and Senbus.

21 February 2013

LeapFrog leads $7m investment in emerging markets insurer Bima

LeapFrog Investments, which focuses on financial services in emerging markets, has led a $7m investment in Africa and Asia-focused insurance group Bima.

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