Citibank has pledged to source US$2.5bn in incremental capital to improve access to electricity for millions of people across Africa as part of the ‘Power Africa’ initiative. Business Day, Nigeria reports that Power Africa is a multi-stakeholder partnership between the US government, governments of several African countries and other public and private sector entities, working to accelerate investment in Africa’s power sector over the next several years.
The report says Citi will also leverage its financing expertise in renewable energy to encourage the adoption and implementation of the appropriate technologies for specific markets. The bank will work with key stakeholders in local capital markets to introduce innovative debt securities and to enhance financial infrastructure. According to the report, Citi operates in over 40 countries in Africa with offices in 16 countries, including key markets such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and SA.
Also from the on fringes of the US-Africa Summit: