African Development Finance Summit

Date: 27 Jul 2017
Location: Eko Hotel & Suites Lagos, Nigeria

Executive Summary

Over the last decade, the full impact of the fault lines in development finance’s ecosystem is becoming evident to all, narrowly in the financial industries and widely in the beneficial industries it sets out to empower. This is mainly due to the increase in the growth levels of developing countries, and an attenuating, though contrary increased level of poverty. The conclusion is obvious; Growth has not been as inclusive as Development Finance institutions would have wanted.

While returns are narrowly defined as financial for most commercial ventures, as championed mostly by commercial banks, Development Financial institutions offers a breather, in measuring returns in more social terms and far reaching indices that helps to make the growth levels of developing economies more inclusive.

As relieving as that might sound, the reality paints a completely different picture. The panacea to the mess is struggling to make its needed impact. Hence, the need for a value driven sourcing, structuring and effective management of financing instruments provided by these institutions has become a major priority for multilateral agencies, recipient countries and developed economy’s development agencies, leading to an increased need for a rigorous and structured approach to understanding, identifying, measuring, mitigating and monitoring operational developmental financing.

To resolve these requirements, CNBC Africa and Development Finance Summit (DFS) have come together for a collaboration to integrate the ecosystem of principal actors within Infrastructure, Trade, and Project finance world.

The summit will bring together selected Entrepreneurs, Commercial Banks executives, Fund managers, Institutional investors, Policymakers, Multilateral organizations and Development Finance institutions to discuss proposals for helping investments funds and loans reach the ‘last mile’.

In addition the conference will seek to provide input into the performance measurement models of the various development finance institutions with focus on Africa.

About Us

DFS Africa was conceived by Banks & Oakfield and Quill Partners, a team of privately owned Financial Advisory firms solely focused on leveraging foreign and local finance (trade, development, corporate and project) to facilitate investment in Africa.

CNBC Africa is a television network that provides extensive and dedicated coverage on African business, finance, and politics. The CNBC Africa network covers the continent in the North, East, South and West, providing the balance of regional headlines and local stories.

Banks & Oakfield and Quill Partners are a nexus of Political will facilitators, Deal Originators, Deal Structurers, Financial Modelers and Financial Analysts possessing deep global and local strategic partnerships required to deliver national developmental goals across Africa and most OECD countries. We strive to get that critical sweet spot between economic viability, social impact and political goodwill, via strategic partnerships and an unbridled desire for local content empowerment.

Our joint venture is involved in the whole value chain of modern global developmental initiatives; from strategic advice and consultancy on government policies, to vetting and agreeing with foreign technical partners (if needed) to forming local companies that would ensure knowledge transfer.

Our principals have a combined 50+ years experience of advising National Governments and Global Multinational Corporations in delivering Socio-economic and sustainable benefits across sectors such as, Agriculture, Extractives and Renewable Energy.

Both CNBC Africa and DFS are working in unison for the summit. The summit’s key objective is to facilitate a pan-African conversation that will help create a funnel to attract investments and development finance into Africa.

We intend to reach out to the real sector of the economy for a more robust and inclusive growth. Essentially helping to create jobs making a lasting difference to people's lives.

Conference Format

The Development Finance Summit 2017 (DFS 2017) will offer a unique avenue for project developers, policymakers, and development finance practitioners from Nigeria and around the world to discuss and build knowledge on financing infrastructure projects in Nigeria and Africa at large.

The sessions would focus on tracking progress on performance, identifying gaps, challenges, and emerging issues within the infrastructure finance and development world, as well as recommending timely corrective policy actions in the priority areas.

By providing up-to- date information, undertaking comparative analyses, and discussing success stories and lessons learned, the DFS 2017 would make a strategic contribution to Africa’s sustainable growth process.

The Conference will comprise two plenary sessions, which will feature presentations and discussions by prominent policy makers, project developers, investors, bankers, policy makers, private sector actors, representatives from multilaterals, and infrastructure development organizations.

The breakout sessions will allow for more in-depth and technical analyses of salient issues related to the thematic focus of the Conference such as:

  • Importance of Infrastructure development to sustainable growth
  • How efficient infrastructure financing leads to inclusive growth
  • How small and medium infrastructure project can raise finance from DFIs
  • Posturing for success – creating funnels for development finance
  • Case studies of transactions and successful SPVs accessing finance
  • Role of DFIs in infrastructure financing
  • Risk, Assets, and Liability Management in Development Finance

The Deal Room – As part of DFS 2017, we have put together a ‘Deal Room’ where pre–qualified businesses and entrepreneurs can pitch their businesses to selected Africa focused institutional investors that have indicated an interest in providing financing (via equity and/or debt) to specific businesses/sectors.

The ‘Deal Room’ will connect institutional investors, investment companies and private equity funds to vetted, relevant and development focused high growth businesses in Africa. The event offers the opportunity for both investors and businesses to ‘cut through the clutter’ in finding relevant and strategic partners to work with.

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