AfDB Invests $20m fund to develop infrastructure in West Africa




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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

The Board Directors the African Development (AfDB) has approved a 20 dollars equity investment ARM-Harith Infrastructure Fund (ARMHIF).
ARMHIF is a new infrastructure private equity fund based Nigeria with a targeted fund size 250 dollars.
Analysts said the lack efficient infrastructure is a major obstacle to doing West Africa, and that better infrastructure the would create an enabling environment for economic growth by competitiveness of local production, promoting foreign direct investments and facilitating trade.
The fund was created because the level of investment required for infrastructure development was far in excess of public and donor resources.
will invest, through equity, in assets across a range infrastructure sectors including energy, transport, ICT, water and utilities across West Africa.
ARMHIF is sponsored by Asset and Resource Management Company Ltd. (ARM), a leading Nigerian non- financial services company established in 1994 and currently managing over 2.7 dollars of assets.
ARM has formed a partnership with Harith General Partners (Harith), an experienced infrastructure investment the continent to manage the Fund.
Harith already manages the 630 dollars Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF).
AfDB said its support to ARMHIF would catalyse further resources necessary to infrastructure projects.
“The ’s support to ARMHIF will contribute toward the delivery of modern and reliable infrastructure that will reduce the cost of doing and enhance the ’s competitiveness,” said Mouhamadou Niang, Acting Director of the AfDB’s private sector department.
Also commenting the Fund, Opuiyo Oforiokuma, Managing Director, ARM Infrastructure, said: “We are very pleased to have an institution of the calibre of the AfDB as an anchor investor in our new fund.
“AfDB has been instrumental in attracting the interest of investors, including Nigerian Pension , a sector that has a significant role to play in providing long term capital for funding infrastructure development in Nigeria and beyond.
“We see tremendous infrastructure investment opportunities throughout West Africa. Having the equity capital to deploy is an important part of the equation,’’ Oforiokuma said.