Africa Merchant Capital Trade Finance

Africa Financial services

We are invested in Africa Merchant Capital Trade Finance through Africa Food Security Fund I, which is managed by Zebu Investment Partners.

We do not hold direct relationships with the companies that investment funds invest in. Instead, we hold relationships directly with the fund. When investing through investment funds, CDC takes an active role as a limited partner to the fund, working with the fund manager to ensure best practices, including in environment, social and governance matters, and investment management oversight.

Africa Merchant Capital is a privately owned merchant bank. AMC fills a finance gap in the African private capital markets, which is too small for global financial institutions and too large to be funded by the local finance providers alone.

For further information on the fund, the fund manager, and the expected impact of the fund’s investment, click here.

Key facts

Status:
Active
Region

Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

:
Africa
Sector

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

:
Financial services
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

:
Intermediated investment
Fund:
Africa Food Security Fund I
Fund Manager:
Zebu Investment Partners
Start date

For direct investments, this is the date CDC committed capital to the business or project.

For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.

For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e

:
November 2020
Domicile

This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.

:
Mauritius

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