Africa Debt, Capital Markets Summit Holds in April

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange


African ministers of finance and some key actors from the capital market authorities will meet in Washington during World Bank meetings to discuss developments and opportunities in Africa’s capital markets

THE 5th Africa Debt and Capital Markets, ADCM, Summit will take place for the first time in Washington D.C. during the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings on April 16.  Organised by the team behind African Banker magazine, this high-level summit will provide an update on the latest trends and development in Africa’s capital markets as well as explore the growing market for international issuances by African governments.

Formerly hosted at the London Stock Exchange, the 5th Africa Debt and Capital Markets Summit is the premier event looking at the development of African debt capital markets in Africa. More than 150 guests are expected to attend, including a range of institutional investors, African ministers of finance, Central Bank governors, leading international investment bankers, private companies, investors, risk advisors and rating agencies.

The event was launched to create a platform to connect African issuers to the financial community in London, the agenda this year will broaden to explore the challenges and opportunities in Africa’s Capital and Debt markets. Recent global issuances have attracted wide interest from US investors, who hold the world’s biggest pool of capital, but African debt and capital markets still remain off-radar for the majority of the investment community.

The key focus of the 5th Africa Debt and Capital Markets Summit will be on the emergence of financial hubs in Africa, and on ways to make them become drivers of growth. There will be a focus on domestic resource mobilisation with the rise of sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, the opportunities presented by international capital and how to tap into this, as well as a discussion on the debt issuances and the longer term outlooks for African sovereign and corporates using this asset class.

Since its inaugural edition in 2011, the number of sovereign issuances has grown rapidly although local capital markets remain largely illiquid. This summit, by connecting policy makers, as well as the buy and sell side, will help to contribute to more dynamic capital markets and more transactional activity across different asset classes relating to Africa.


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