October-November 2019

Africa news

As the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) gets underway, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) expects the agreement will boost trade both inside and outside the continent. We profile the bank’s efforts to promote African trade and forge partnerships internationally.

Islamic Finance news

While the Sukuk market has grown this year compared to last year, there are still a number of obstacles keeping growth in check. 

Capital Markets news

The African Development Bank printed a US$2bn bond at the tightest spread to US Treasuries in the issuer’s history in September. The bond was among a flurry of financings for the continent’s issuers with money coming in from fresh sources. 

Sustainable Finance news

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development pushed the popular socially responsible investing movement in a new direction in September, with the supranational printing a climate resilience bond that focuses on accepting and adapting to climate change.