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Keynote address: Mobilising African infrastructure investment for 2021 and beyond

Broadcast on Nov 25, 2020 from Livestream: Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2020 - Virtual Conference

Strategic Partner

National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

Platinum Sponsor

Absa

Platinum Sponsor

Africa Finance Corporation

Platinum Sponsor

Standard Bank

Gold Sponsor

African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim)

Gold Sponsor

MUFG

Gold Sponsor

SMBC

WAEMU Sponsor

Agence UMOA-Titres

Silver Sponsor

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Silver Sponsor

Emirates NBD

Silver Sponsor

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Bronze Sponsor

African Trade Insurance Agency

Bronze Sponsor

Fitch Ratings

Bronze Sponsor

GCR Ratings

Bronze Sponsor

KFW DEG

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Speaker

Samaila Zubairu

Samaila Zubairu

Samaila Zubairu

Chief Executive Officer at Africa Finance Corporation

Mr Samaila Zubairu was appointed asAfrica Finance Corporation (AFC)’s 3rd President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. AFC is an investment-grade, multilateral financial institution focused on providing solutions to Africa’s infrastructure deficit and challenging business environment by developing and financing infrastructure, natural resources and industrial assets which enhance productivity and economic growth of African states. At the start of the Corporation’s second decade of operation, Mallam Zubairu provided decisive entrepreneurial leadership that propelled the development and implementation of a new five-year corporate strategy which at its core, addresses the urgent mandate of developing and financing power, mining, transport, telecommunications and heavy industries. Key pillars of the strategy include: enhancing the capacity of the team and entrenching a High-Performance Culture; coherent ecosystem strategy for value accretive beneficiation and import substitution; proactive risk and portfolio management to improve AFC’s rating and diversifying the Corporation’s funding sources. MrZubairu currently represents the Corporation’s interests on the Board of Directors of: Aker Energy A.S. -Vice Chairman; Cenpower Generation Company Limited; Danakali Colluli [Potash] Mining Limited; Thor Gold Explorations Limited; ARISE Port & Logistics; Takoradi Port Expansion Project; Novelle Gabon Mine. Additionally, Samaila sits on the Advisory Board of the United Nations administered Nigeria Humanitarian Fund—Private Sector Initiative (NHF PSI) for internally displaced persons in North-Eastern Nigeria. Prior to his appointment, Mallam Zubairu was the CEO of Africapital Management Limited and Chief Financial Officer for Dangote Cement Plc, as well as the Treasurer for Dangote Group. He also worked at Liberty Merchant Bank Plc, FSB Plc (now Fidelity Bank), Denham Management Company and Muhtari Dangana & Co (Chartered Accountants). Samailais an Eisenhower Fellow and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nigeria (FCA). He holds a BSc in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.

Africa Finance Corporation

Samaila Zubairu

AFC, an investment grade multilateral finance institution, was established in 2007 with an equity capital base of US$1.1 billion, to be the catalyst for private sector-led infrastructure investment across Africa. With a current balance sheet of approximately US$6.1 billion, AFC is the second highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution in Africa with an A3/P2 (Stable outlook) rating from Moody’s Investors Service. AFC successfully raised US$1,150 billion (US$650 million and US$500 million) in 2019, US$500 million in 2017 and US$750 million in 2015 through Eurobond issuances; out of its Board-approved US$5 Billion Global Medium-Term Note (MTN) Programme. All Eurobond issues were oversubscribed and attracted investors from Asia, Europe and the USA.

AFC’s investment approach combines specialist industry expertise with a focus on financial and technical advisory, project structuring, project development and risk capital to address Africa’s infrastructure development needs and drive sustainable economic growth. AFC invests in high-quality infrastructure assets that provide essential services in the core infrastructure sectors of power, natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications. To date, the Corporation has invested over US$7.2billion in projects within 32 countries across Africa.

Strategic Partner

National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

Platinum Sponsors

Absa Africa Finance Corporation Standard Bank

Gold Sponsors

African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) MUFG SMBC

WAEMU Sponsor

Agence UMOA-Titres

Silver Sponsors

Development Bank of Southern Africa Emirates NBD Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Bronze Sponsors

African Trade Insurance Agency Fitch Ratings GCR Ratings KFW DEG