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Africa Islamic Finance Forum

Past event
17 October 2016, 09:30 - 11:35 UTC +00:00

Africa is another vital region for the development of Islamic finance and has long been a hotbed of interest with its large Muslim population and exceptional natural resources. Hot on the heels of the phenomenal inaugural ICD –led Africa Islamic Finance Forum held in the Cote d’Ivoire in October 2015, with over 600 delegates, IFN will once again collaborate with the ICD and the IDB to bring the event back to Abidjan in 2016.


Day 1: Monday, 17th October 2016- 15:00 – 15:45

Tapping Islamic Finance for African Infrastructure Projects & PPPs

As developing economies in Africa continue their bid to improve on infrastructure development the need for project financing has become ever more important. This session will focus on how Shariah compliant finance may be used for the financing of infrastructure projects.

  • Utilizing Sukuk for project and infrastructure financing: What has been achieved in the project space via Islamic financing globally and what further progress is anticipated? What opportunities exist for the private sector?
  • In light of contracting markets and general market volatility which sectors are expected to see projects go ahead?
  • Outlook for syndicated financing of infrastructure projects in Africa
  • What challenges have been faced in PPP deals execution so far? Will regional developments in PPP legislation facilitate new infrastructure deals?
  • Sustainable energy projects in Africa: What funding opportunities exist?
  • Healthcare and education project funding in Africa

Moderator: Jean-Jacques Lecat — Partner and Co–head of the Africa Practice, CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre

Panelists: David Ekabouma — Deputy Head, Business Development / Head of Product and Structured Finance, The African Guarantee Fund
Felister Kivisi — Director, Debt Management Office, The National Treasury, Kenya
Isaac De — President of the National PPP Committee, Cote d’Ivoire 
Mohamed Damak — Director and Global Head of Islamic Finance, Standard & Poor’s 
Nida Raza — Director and Head of Advisory, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector 
Patrick Achi — Minister of Economic Infrastructure, Cote d’Ivoire
Sinovuyo Mpakama — Director, Debt Issuance and Management, National Treasury of South Africa


Jean-Jacques Lecat