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Africa for years has struggled to attract the notice of — and money from — American pension funds. But in the past two years, U.S. pension fund trustees and other billion-dollar asset owners appear more open to investing in some of Africa’s 50-plus countries, particularly in infrastructure. Institutional investors are encouraged by a U.S. government-led...
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There is need and available funding, together with a large pipeline of potential projects—but not enough money is being spent. Most of Africa lags the rest of the world in coverage of key infrastructure classes, including energy, road and rail transportation, and water infrastructure. Taking electricity as an example, entire communities across large swathes of...
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The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was established in 2018 to provide opportunities for the world to benefit from the continent’s economies and businesses.A new report from the World Economic Forum, AfCFTA Secretariat and Forum partners provides tools and strategies for leveraging the new trade area’s opportunities.Four sectors – the automotive industry, agriculture and...
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A blistering rally that lifted emerging-market stocks and bonds in recent months may be running out of steam, as concerns resurface about tighter U.S. monetary policy. The strength of the U.S. economy continues to defy expectations, with data this month showing price pressures remain stubbornly high and the labor market is still strong. That has...
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Mobilizing national savings is crucial to meeting Africa’s development needs and the continent’s sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are one important source of financing that can support Africa’s sustainable development.  These funds represent a growing pool of assets that can be used to support domestic investments that are aligned with the type of long-term investment needed...
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