Kola Aluko: $22bn Investment in African Infrastructure

Kola Aluko: $22bn Investment in African Infrastructure 'Extremely Positive' Says Kola Aluko

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Kola Aluko: $22bn Investment in African Infrastructure 'Extremely Positive' Says Kola Aluko PR Newswire LONDON, October 31, 2012 LONDON, October 31, 2012 /PRNewswire

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Kola Aluko: $22bn Investment in African Infrastructure 'Extremely Positive' Says Kola Aluko
PR Newswire LONDON, October 31, 2012
LONDON,October 31, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced plans to floatAfrica's first infrastructure bonds in order to raise$22 billionfor investments in infrastructure projects.
Offered to African member nations - including Nigeria and Ghana - the money raised from the sale of the bonds will help to finance infrastructure projects across many African industries including transport, energy and shipping.
Established in 1964, the African Development Bank promotes social and economic development inAfrica through the provision of loans and grants to African governments and private companies with investments in regional member countries (RMCs). The African Development Bank annually commits approximately$3 billionto African countries, equivalent to 6% of development aid to the continent.
Nigerian-born international businessman Kola Aluko has welcomed the announcement from the AfDB, describing the move as "extremely positive for the African continent". Kola Aluko said: "Investment in infrastructure is vital if Africa is to overcome poverty. If implemented effectively, this$22 billioninvestment will raise the continent's GDP, stimulating much needed growth."
Kola Aluko has considerable experience of large-scale infrastructure projects acrossAfrica through his work for the Made In Africa Foundation, a non-profit organisation that he founded in partnership with Ozwald Boateng - the continent's leading fashion designer - and Atlantic Energy, the private upstream oil and gas group.