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CAPE TOWN - The Gauteng Province in South Africa has endorsed the African Development Bank’s November 2018 Africa Investment Forum as a world-class initiative that is positioned to transform the continent’s development landscape.

The Forum will be hosted by Gauteng from November 7 until November 9 this year at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg.

The Premier of the Gauteng, David Makhura said that the Africa Investment Forum is more than a Forum. “The Africa Investment Forum is more than a Forum. We in Africa are tired of talks about investment after which nothing happens. The African Development Bank is doing in a great job working with other multilateral development partners, private equity funds, the private sector, and governments to crowd in investment into our continent. Gauteng is ready and excited to host the event here in Johannesburg”, said Makhura. 

The African Development Bank announced the Africa Investment Forum yesterday at a media conference. 

“The Africa Investment Forum is one of the best platforms ever to be offered on our home continent. Thank you for choosing Gauteng and South Africa", added Makhura.

Speaking at a meeting with the Bank delegation, South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, said, “The Africa Investment Forum is indeed Africa’s investment marketplace. We have no doubt that it will have the desired development impact. South Africa is not only a gateway for investments on the continent, but also a leading African investor. We thank you for allowing South Africa to host the inaugural event.”

According to the Premier of Gauteng, South Africa will need US $100 billion over the next 10 years for infrastructure development. “The African Investment Forum will be a place where we want to bring in a pool of capital for projects. Africa has potential. The Bank’s High 5 development priorities resonate with our national economic plans. There is no better time to align our development priorities than this.”

South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, speaking at a meeting with the Bank delegation said: “The Africa Investment Forum is indeed Africa’s investment marketplace. We have no doubt that it will have the desired development impact. South Africa is not only a gateway for investments on the continent, but also a leading African investor. We thank you for allowing South Africa to host the inaugural event.”

According to Adesina, “The African Investment Forum will provide a much-needed global platform that will help catalyze private-sector investments in Africa, by bringing in developers, strategic investors, venture capital funds, pension funds, global sovereign wealth funds, and insurance companies.”

The Bank President said, “Africa urgently needs to industrialize. To make this happen, we need investments in infrastructure. At the African Development Bank, we are talking about using aid to massively leverage private capital to fund Africa’s development. Africa is not a poor continent. It has vast amounts of resources whose potential simply has to be unlocked. We intend for this to be an investment market place to do transactions with impact.”

The Premier of Gauteng said that South Africa will need US $100 billion over the next 10 years for infrastructure development. “The African Investment Forum will be a place where we want to bring in a pool of capital for projects. Africa has potential. The Bank’s High 5 development priorities resonate with our national economic plans. There is no better time to align our development priorities than this.”

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