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Why Africa needs more pioneering investors … and how OPIC can support them

The OPIC-supported Helios Modern Africa Growth Fund invests across 14 countries in Africa, in a diverse range of sectors, from technology to pharmaceuticals to agriculture.
The OPIC-supported Helios Modern Africa Growth Fund invests across 14 countries in Africa, in a diverse range of sectors, from technology to pharmaceuticals to agriculture.

With more than ten percent of the world’s population and less than two percent of the world’s GDP, Africa needs far more investment than it receives, Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, writes in Into Africa, a publication focusing on the continent’s emerging capital markets.

The piece, which outlines the ways OPIC can help mitigate risks to investors, notes, “Capital is never a scarce resource for projects that promise high returns; it is only scarce when people perceive too much risk an inappropriate concerns.”

Read Preston’s piece: Why pioneering private investors are increasingly critical to Africa’s development
See also: Supporting emerging markets with innovative fund structures

 

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