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Webinar Replay: Introducing the Africa Long-Term Finance Website

Jul 08, 2021 | Virtual (Online)

8 July 2021 -- Making Finance Work for Africa in collaboration with partners hosted a webinar on the launch of the new Africa Long-Term Finance Initiative website. The initiative is a joint effort of the African Development Bank, Making Finance Work for Africa, FSD Africa and the German Development Cooperation (BMZ/GIZ) that aims to boost the intermediation of long-term finance in Africa and close the financing gap for SMEs, housing and infrastructure on the continent.

The website will not only serve as a platform for information exchange relating to long-term finance in Africa, but also assemble information about good practices and success stories in the long-term finance space. The aim is to improve market intelligence on long-term finance in Africa and establish an interactive platform to enable cross-fertilization of country experiences in this area.

The webinar introduced participants to the website, and offered insights on how it could be used as an information repository on Africa’s long-term finance markets. Participants also heard from leading financial sector experts and thought leaders as they discussed the bottlenecks and opportunities to increasing the provision of long-term finance in Africa.

The recording is below and the presentation slides can be downloaded here

Agenda

Opening

  • Master of Ceremonies: Abdelkader Benbrahim, Partnership Coordinator, Making Finance Work for Africa

Welcome Remarks

  • Stefan Nalletamby, Director, Financial Sector Development, African Development Bank
  • Mark Napier, CEO FSD Africa

Presentation : Africa Long Term Finance Initiative Website Demo & Key Findings

  • Michael Fuchs, Lead Consultant, Africa Long-Term Finance Initiative
  • Jose A. Albuquerque de Sousa, Financial Sector Development Expert & Associate Professor, Norwegian School of Economics

Panel Discussion: The Role of Long Term Finance in Supporting Africa’s Economic Growth

Moderator

  • Lisa Klinger, Financial Sector Advisor, GIZ

Panellists

  • Thorsten Beck, Director, Florence School of Banking and Finance
  • Evans Osano, Director of Capital Markets, FSD Africa
  • Philip Abradu-Otoo Director of Research, Central Bank of Ghana
  • Ahmed Attout, Division Manager, Capital Markets Development, African Development Bank

Q&A

Concluding Remarks

  • Abdelkader Benbrahim, Partnership Coordinator, MFW4A