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Africa Focus

  • International financial institutions have an important role supporting the sustainable transition of African countries in parallel with their economic growth and development. To achieve this, their work in facilitating the flow of sustainable finance across the continent is critical, writes Claire Landon.
  • A groundbreaking repo facility for African sovereign Eurobonds was completed in time for a debut trade as COP27 took place. The road to closing the deal was far from simple.
  • Creating carbon credits from soil is a messy business beset by challenges. But practitioners are confident that a combination of innovative technology and quality protocols will help unleash a market with transformative potential, writes Steven Gilmore.
  • Climate-smart innovations and regenerative agriculture are attracting tech-savvy equity investors to the farming sector. Access to affordable financing will determine how fast those companies can grow to scale and provide an exit.
  • Egypt takes centre stage in the global struggle with climate change next month as it hosts COP27. Yet the country's own struggle is real and urgent, which has sharpened the government's focus on accelerating the nation's sustainability transition, powered, it hopes, by renewable energy, writes Simon Watkins.
  • As European and Chinese banks scale back in Africa to cut costs and redeploy capital to core markets, Middle East lenders are happily jumping in to fill the gap, buying assets and putting more boots on the ground as bilateral trade between the regions increases.

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