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Rwanda Finance And Africa Legal Release A Joint Report On Realising And Facilitating Pan-African Investment

July 22, 2021

Kigali, Rwanda – 21.07.2021 – Rwanda Finance Limited and Africa Legal are delighted to announce the launch of their second research collaboration which highlights the current realities and future opportunities for capital deployment into African markets. 

The report, titled ‘Realising and Facilitating pan-African Investment’, combines unique data analysis and insights sourced through a global research survey with interviews and commentary from leading voices from the African investment landscape. 

This research depicts the growth trends in pan-African capital deployment, by further exploring the sectors and jurisdictions attracting the most significant investment while introducing the facilitators, advisors and structures supporting such financing. 

Despite significant sums of money flowing in through Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), this groundbreaking report shows how little of this is processed or facilitated by African lawyers, accountants and financiers – with most international investors relying on non-African entities to support their capital deployment.

The report also demonstrates the growing importance of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) as, following recent G8 commitments, these organisations are primed to be the force behind capital flows into African markets over the next five years. The report is the second in a three-part collaborative series between KIFC and Africa Legal, which is looking into the importance of international financial centres in accelerating development in Africa.  

Commenting on this collaboration, Hortense Mudenge, Chief Operating Officer of Rwanda Finance Limited, said:
“As we embarked on this research journey, we knew it would be full of great insights and would allow for a fresh and new perspective of Africa. In this second edition of our research series, we are bringing to light key players involved in capital deployment and disclosing barriers and solutions to pan-African capital flow. Thanks to our trusted partner Africa Legal, our readers will be in for a treat.”

Scott Cowan, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of the Africa Professional Services Group (incorporating Africa Legal) added:
“When we entered this long-term collaboration with Rwanda Finance Limited and the Kigali International Financial Centre we were all excited by the prospect of supporting a true African success story and seizing another opportunity to showcase the aptitude, excellence and passion of our pan-African legal community. With this second report we have access to even more robust data which showcases not only the current investment landscape but also provides insight into where lawyers, financiers and funders need to be positioning themselves to ensure future relevance and the realisation of opportunity.” 

To read the full report ‘Realising and Facilitating Pan-African Investment’ – click here. To read the first report in the series, titled ‘A Modern Africa. A Modern IFC’ – click here

About Kigali International Financial Centre (KIFC)Kigali International Financial Centre is a financial centre facilitating international investment and cross-border transactions in Africa. KIFC positions Rwanda as a preferred financial jurisdiction for investments into Africa and by providing an attractive destination for international investors with a legal and regulatory framework fully compliant with international best practices.

About Rwanda Finance Limited (RFL)

Rwanda Finance Limited is the agency tasked with leading the development of Rwanda as a preferred destination for international investment and cross-border transactions in Africa. RFL is working with key stakeholders to develop and support the Kigali International Financial Centre through investment promotion, policy advocacy and sector upskilling. 

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