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Dr Madbouly with AFC officials at the signing ceremony.

AFC membership opens $1bn investments potential for Egypt

CAIRO, 11 days ago

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading infrastructure solutions provider, has welcomed Egypt as its newest member state.
 
Egypt’s accession expands AFC’s footprint in North Africa, after Morocco joined in June this year. 
 
As a member, Egypt will enjoy benefits including increased investment allocation, preferred access to AFC’s structuring and lending solutions, reduced debt costs for projects, and access to advisory and project development services.
 
Egypt’s Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouly, said the North Africa’s most populous nation was committed to become the 32nd member of the region’s leading infrastructure solutions provider, opening up a potential $1 billion of investments.
 
"With the increasing importance of public-private partnerships in advancing the African continent and Egypt in particular, we are pleased to accede to membership of a renowned and trusted pan-African institution like AFC," remarked Dr Madbouly.
 
"We are already in discussions with AFC on pipeline projects, some of which includes supporting Covid-19 vaccine manufacture, working closely with the Ministry of Transportation to fund the high speed train and the Cairo Monorail projects, as well as a collaboration with The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) to fund renewable projects, and we look forward to executing these projects in line with the country’s Vision 2030," he added.
 
AFC has already invested over $100 million in infrastructure projects in Egypt, including the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Carbon Holdings, a petrochemicals conglomerate. 
 
The corporation has identified a further $600 million worth of projects across the renewables, natural gas, as well as the transport and logistics sectors and expects to invest over $1 billion in total.
 
AFC’s President & CEO Samaila Zubairu, led a delegation of senior AFC executives for meetings in Cairo in July with senior government officials, including Prime Minister Madbouly and Minister of Finance Dr. Mohamed Maait, who signed the instrument of adherence to AFC membership.
 
"We had several meetings with key government stakeholders in Cairo and their urgency in driving the next phase of development is consistent with AFC’s support for resilient and sustainable infrastructure that will benefit not only Egypt but the entire continent," said Zubairu. 
 
"I look forward to working with our partners to strengthen manufacturing on the continent, in particular, the production of Covid-19 vaccines," he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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