The AfDB provides traditional financing for projects that involve the establishment, expansion, diversification, and/or modernization of production facilities in a variety of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, agribusiness, transport, infrastructure, extractive industries, banking and finance, tourism, and other service industries. To date, most of the private sector projects have focused on financial services, manufacturing, and infrastructure.
A complete and detailed overview of the AfDB's Private Sector Window is found at AfDB's Private Sector brochure.
Please note that Bank may provide debt financing for up to one third of the total cost of the project and/or an equity investment not exceeding 25 percent of the share capital of any enterprise. The AfDB believes that their association with the project is more important than the monetary contribution. The Bank's association is intended to provide confidence and comfort to other lenders and investors, who would otherwise be reluctant to participate due to perceived risks.
The African Development has recently introduced private sector lines of credit to commercial banks for on-lending to the private sector in their respective countries, particularly for the development of small and medium sized enterprises (SME's). The AfDB also contributes to investment funds that are targeted to SME development and smaller scale infrastructure projects. Finally, the Bank is largely involved in micro finance programs and projects both through public and private operators.
Loans: The AfDB offers hard currency and South African Rand term loans at market interest rates, with a term of 5 to 15 years taking into account a grace period reflecting project implementation and projected cash flow. The fees charged are in line with normal market practice, and the Bank requires various collateral to secure the loan, which is dependent upon a variety of factors.
Equity and Quasi-Equity: The AfDB takes equity investments in a variety of forms, including common shares and preferred stock, with or without participating features. The Bank does not assume any management responsibility and normally develops an exit strategy once the performance goals of the project are realized.
Guarantees: The Bank provides guarantees to cover the payment of principal and interest for loans and debt instruments extended by others, primarily local or foreign financial institutions and commercial firms.
Lines of Credit: The Bank offers lines of credit to private financial institutions for on-lending to small and medium sized enterprises.
Loan Syndications: Syndications may involve the Bank acting as arranger of financing or involve arrangements whereby banks and other financial institutions are offered to participate in a Bank loan with the banks taking the same project risk as the Bank on a pro-rata basis.
Underwriting: The Bank can act as an underwriter of a portion of the securities issued by private sector entities and national or regional investment funds.
Contact the U.S. Commercial Liaison Office, Tunis to get a sense of whether your project could qualify for AfDB financing.
Develop an executive summary of the project, including the project description, the sponsors, cost estimates, financing plan, key technical and environmental features, feasibility indicators, business climate and market prospect, and implementation plan.
Provide this executive summary to the AfDB Commercial Liaison Office who will submit it to the Private Sector Department for an initial review of the project.
If the Bank determines that your project meets their requirements, they will ask you to submit a full proposal, which must include a feasibility study, business plan, and environmental impact assessment/study if it falls in the category that requires this type of study.