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Africa Forward: Season 1 Supported by the Africa50

Financing Africa’s Future

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A look at infrastructure financing in Africa.

Big infrastructure projects require big financing deals. But getting to that point often involves ingenuity and innovation. In this episode, we explore new methods for financing infrastructure projects in Africa. Co-host Carol Pineau looks at how the Azura Edo power plant in Nigeria overcame a slew of obstacles to get a deal signed.

Later, Pineau hosts a roundtable featuring Alain Ebobissé, CEO of Africa50, Acha Leke, chairperson of McKinsey’s Africa Region, and Ibukun Awosika, chairperson of First Bank of Nigeria.

About Africa Forward: Season 1:  Africa boasts more than 50 countries, 1.3-billion people, and an emerging middle class bigger than the entire population of the United States. So what’s the glue that will hold it all together? Infrastructure.  In each episode this season we do a deep dive into projects that offer the greatest hope for transformational change. Infrastructure can seem impersonal, just a pile of concrete, steel or cables, but delve into it and you soon see, it has the power to transform lives. Twenty years ago, cell phone towers sprung up throughout Africa, and a mobile network came to life. Within 10 years, a Kenyan company developed a way to transfer money via mobile phones. It revolutionized banking throughout the world. That’s what infrastructure can do. Africa Forward tells the story of Africa’s economic aspirations through the dreams of people across the continent.  Throughout this season we hear analysis from some of Africa’s top leaders in business and government who are building a future where Africa can proudly stand on its own.  See All Episodes

More Africa Forward: Season 1 episodes:

Africa’s Digital Transformation

A look at how innovations in information and communications technology are transforming Africa.

Powering Change

A look into how energy projects in Africa are creating opportunities across the continent.

Paving the Way

A look into transformative impact of trade and transportation infrastructure in Africa.

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