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21 Aug 2018   Projects, Africa

Mixta Africa CFO on Affordable Housing Initiative, High Cost of Funding and Advice for Borrowers

With pressure on high-yield assets and non-investment grade credit across EMs, Mixta Africa, an African property developer and fast-rising player in the continent’s real-estate market, is doubling down on its corporate principles – including adaptive product development, low cost land acquisition and establishing local communities – to navigate those challenges. Bonds & Loans speaks with Benson Ajayi, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for Mixta Africa about this and more.

Interview: Sharjah DMO Director on the Building Boom in UAE, ECA Financing and PPPs

With trade wars and geopolitics-related volatilities engulfing global markets, the GCC finds itself in an unusual role of a relative safe-haven, insulated from the tremors by strong growth and a high oil price. We speak to Tom Koczwara, Director of the Government of Sharjah’s Debt Management Office, about prospects and challenges facing the Emirate.

Odinsa CFO: Colombia’s Economic Tailwinds, New Government to Bolster Existing 4G Pipeline

Colombia is a world leader when it comes to public-private partnerships in the infrastructure sector, and the country’s flagship toll road infrastructure initiative – the 4G programme – is regularly held up as a beacon for other regional economies to replicate. But last year, due in part to eroding economic fundamentals and political volatility, many of the programme’s key projects were hit with bankability issues, causing execution delays among other headaches.

Part II: Idiosyncratic Challenges Weighing on East Africa’s Local Bond Markets Growth

As East African borrowers' access to dollar liquidity, plentiful in the 00s and early 10s, becomes more limited amid central bank tightening across the developed world, infrastructure development looks set to become the new driver for the local debt capital markets in the region. We explore the shift to private markets and potential for new financing instruments in Part 2 of our story.

Central Banks, Sovereign Investors Change Tack on Investing in EM

Sovereign assets and central bank reserves are increasingly finding their way into alternatives and emerging market assets in a bid to boost returns, according to an Invesco survey of 126 sovereign funds and 65 central banks that sheds light on how asset allocations have shifted in recent years.

SWOT Analysis: Mexico Elections and Beyond

As Mexico voted in the new president, Bonds & Loans met with a broad range of local finance leaders, corporate chiefs and state officials to discuss the market outlook and get a sense of the risks and opportunities on the horizon.

CASE STUDY: AfDB Extends Euro Curve with EUR1.25bn 10-year Social Bond

On 16 May 2018, the African Development Bank (AfDB) successfully priced a EUR1.25bn 10-year Social Bond transaction. The issue follows the inaugural EUR500mn 7-year Social Bond issued in November 2017.

As Economy Stumbles, Argentina’s PPP Pipeline Gains Renewed Focus

Tasked with generating over USD26bn in new investment over five years, Argentina’s Public-Private Partnership programme has been hailed by international experts and bankers as world-leading in both structure and ambition. But as the country’s economy – and currency – continue to stumble, fresh questions are being raised about whether it will live up to expectations.

Dar Al-Arkan CFO: “We are facing 4 years of clear skies to use our operational cash flow”

The Saudi real estate developer continues to be one of the most active corporates on the GCC Islamic finance markets, with its latest USD500mn sukuk pushing the total value of the company’s Shariah-compliant instruments listed on Nasdaq Dubai to USD1.85bn. Bonds & Loans speaks with Mika Toivola, Chief Financial Officer, Finance Group, Dar Al-Arkan, about the latest trends in the sector and the company’s funding plans.

Blockchain and the Capital Markets: A Love Story

Driven by the need for greater transparency and efficiency, blockchain is making its first inroads into the capital markets and bank operations more broadly. The technology could be a gamechanger for emerging markets, according to CFOs and analysts.

 

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