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OPIC backs Africell with $100m

Anna Lyudvig
Nov. 12, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US Government’s development finance institution, has invested $100m in Africell Holdings to expand access to telecommunications in Africa. 

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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US Government’s development finance institution, has invested $100m in Africell Holdings to expand access to telecommunications in Africa. 

“Telecommunications is now essential to a country's economic development and competitiveness,” said OPIC President and CEO Ray W. Washburne. 

“OPIC’s partnership with Africell highlights our goal of improving communication infrastructure across the continent by supporting our Connect Africa initiative. Better connectivity will remove barriers that restrict growth and commerce.”

The project is expected to have a highly developmental impact particularly in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo by expanding the availability and quality of affordable mobile telephone and internet services in these countries. 

Telecommunications are a critical part of development in emerging markets. 

This project seeks to promote better access to and higher usage of both mobile voice and broadband technologies in its markets by offering high-quality service at affordable rates.

“Africell‘s success to putting communities at the heart and soul of the company’s strategy and to management’s focus on operational efficiency to create value for its customers,” said Africell Founding CEO and Group Chairman Ziad Dalloul. 

“It is important to partner with investors who truly understand our business model, as well as our markets, to structure solutions that support our growth programs.”

Earlier this summer, OPIC launched Connect Africa, an initiative aimed at improving connectivity in Africa by investing $1bn in physical infrastructure, technology, and value chains.

The transaction was led and arranged by Lintel Capital UK Advisors, a London-based firm that specialises in Sub-Saharan African investments.

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