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IFC’s Fund boost for Asia & Africa

January 1, 2024

IFC supports new fund to address infrastructure gaps, cut carbon emissions across Asia and Africa

A new IFC investment will help address critical infrastructure gaps, facilitate trade, and boost access to renewable energy in Asia and Africa, helping support job creation, foster GDP growth and tackle significant challenges such as food poverty, supply chain disruptions, and climate change.

 

IFC is investing $50 million in equity to bolster A.P. Moller Capital’s $1 billion Emerging Markets Infrastructure Fund II (“EMIF II”), joining forces with a consortium of global partners.

 

Approximately 50 per cent of the fund will be invested in each of Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Approximately 60 percent of the fund will focus on onshore transport infrastructure (ports and storage, roads and rail, warehouses and distribution), promoting job creation and improving competitiveness. The remaining 40 per cent will be directed towards renewable energy, as well as distribution infrastructure.

 

“This partnership is an excellent opportunity to further our ethos of ‘doing well while doing good’ as we look to increase sustainable investments in green energy and transport in high growth markets in Asia and Africa,” said Kim Fejfer, Managing Partner and CEO at A.P. Moller Capital. “We have made it a priority to work with partners who are as invested as we are to build sustainable businesses that seek to support society through economic and social development.”

 

The fund is also committed to mitigating climate change, with a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent in its transport infrastructure assets.

 

Transport contributed approximately 25% of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in 2022 and is one of the fastest-growing sources of emissions. Meanwhile, a recent report by IFC and the International Energy Agency underscored the need for emerging markets to commit $2.8 trillion annually to clean energy by the early 2030s – tripling current investment levels – to align with the Paris Agreement.

 

Emerging economies have typically suffered from chronic underinvestment in their transport networks, hampering their socio-economic development. Meanwhile, persistent underinvestment means that despite accommodating more than half of the world’s population in 2022, Africa, Southeast Asia and South Asia together represent only 16 per cent of the world’s total primary energy consumption.

 

Over the last decade, IFC has committed and mobilised over $10 billion to finance sustainable transport projects spanning ports, shipping, rail, logistics, and urban transit in emerging markets. Since 2010, IFC also deployed $12 billion from its own account and mobilised an additional $20 billion for energy projects in these markets. In addition, IFC has financed over 22 gigawatts of renewable energy, pioneering commercially viable business models in the process. The agreement is also aligned with the World Bank Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development (GRID) agenda.

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