Financing trends 2015 – Private sector financing

Projects with private sector participation reaching financial close in 2015, as recorded in the Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Project Database*, reached $8.5bn, of which $7.4bn was private capital.

This was substantially more than the $5.1bn reported in 2014 and nearly as much as the $8.8bn and $8.7bn recorded in 2013 and 2012, respectively. At $7.4bn the private sector contribution in 2015 was significantly higher than the $2.9bn committed in 2014. Almost all of the private sector funding ($7.2bn) went to the energy sector. South Africa was the main beneficiary with investments of $3.8bn.

Figure 63: Private sector financing by region, 2015

*The Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) project database, a joint product of the World Bank’s Infrastructure Economics and Finance Department and the PPIAF, was used for project identification. It remains a benchmark for measuring trends in private investments in the continent’s infrastructure development.

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