Equity Group DRC subsidiary to receive US$50m loan from IFC loan to support SMEs

DRC – Equity BCDC, a subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is set to receive a US$50 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to finance cash-starved small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. Access to capital is one of the greatest challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Equity BCDC, which has 74 branches spread across the DRC will use the IFC loan to help small businesses fund their operations and expansion in the aftermath of…

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AfDB makes its return to Australian dollar bond market with launch of US$463.9m 5yr bond

AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a A$600 million (US$463.9 million) 5.5-year Kangaroo bond, marking its return to the Australian dollar bond market. The transaction was led by Nomura and RBC Capital Markets. It is the institution’s first benchmark Kangaroo since early 2018 and it is first in the mid-curve since 2015. It is also the largest AUD trade ever issued by the Bank. More than 30 investors participated in the deal, with a total order book of more than A$775 million (US$598.47m), leading to an upsize…

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