Private sector financing

Projects with private sector participation that reached financial close in 2017, as recorded in the Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) project database*, totalled $5.2bn. Of this, $2.3bn (45%) was privately financed.

This is a significant increase in investment compared to 2016 when total project investment amounted to $3.6bn, of which $2.5bn was private capital. The investments in 2017 were lower than the $8.5bn recorded in 2015 but slightly higher than the $5.1bn reported in 2014.

The majority of projects – 41 out of 45 – that reached financial close in 2017 were in the energy sector. The remaining projects include three in the transport sector and one in the water sector. The 45 projects in 2017 is a marked increase on 2016, when only 12 projects reach financial close.

The regions receiving the most private sector investment were North Africa (49%) and West Africa (30%).

Private sector financing by sector, 2017

Private sector financing by region, 2017

*The Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) project database, a product of the World Bank's Public Private Partnership Group, 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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