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G7 countries, partners to invest $80B in Africa’s private sector

Investment to help boost economies, jobs across continent, says statement from UK government

Rodrigue Forku   | 14.06.2021
G7 countries, partners to invest $80B in Africa’s private sector British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs the G7 Leaders Summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, United Kingdom on June 11, 2021. ( Andrew Parsons /No10 Downing Street - Anadolu Agency )

YAOUNDE, Cameroon

G7 countries and partners will invest $80 billion in the private sector across Africa, an official statement said on Monday.

“This investment will create jobs, boost economic growth, help tackle climate change, and fight poverty. It comes at a crucial time as the continent rebuilds its economies, severely impacted by COVID-19,” UK Minister for Africa James Duddridge said in the statement.

The investment is set to be rolled out over the next five years and will see the G7 Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), including the UK’s CDC Group, support sustainable economic recovery and growth in Africa, according to the statement.

Nick O’Donohoe, CEO of CDC Group, said: “The patient, high quality capital that DFIs provide is urgently needed if African economies are to start to rebuild quickly from the impact of the pandemic.”

He said the “CDC is committed to building long term investment partnerships in Africa that fuel sustainable private sector growth in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Other investors include the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, according to the statement.

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