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Democratic Republic of Congo



Senior Debt Provided

US$7.5 million

In 2013, EAIF supported Helios Towers Africa’s (HTA) acquisition of 700 telecommunications towers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The majority of the towers have been reactivated, refurbished and leased out to a mobile communications provider.

HTA’s strategy is to finance, maintain and improve towers and lease space to multiple users. Tower sharing saves materials and energy and allows users to employ capital in other parts of their businesses. HTA also builds new towers at the request of existing telecom providers. The upgrade programme and the new build activities have created new jobs and grown the DRC’s pool of labour skilled in tower construction, operations and maintenance. The company’s development has expanded mobile communications access and widened the availability of mobile phone signals. EAIF provided a US$7.5 million loan facility to the project, which had a total transaction value of US$75 million.

Other projects

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund has to date invested in 58 projects in 17 countries.

Satellites put Africa at global top table

Country: Africa / Sector: Telecoms

O3b’s medium orbit (MEO) satellite constellation puts Africa at the forefront of world telecommunicates technology. O3b stands for “the other 3 billion” referring to the three billion people in the world with no broadband connection in 2007.

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Putting Rwanda’s Lake Kivu methane to productive use

Country: Rwanda / Sector: Gas Infrastructure

In Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, fresh water is mixed with naturally occurring methane gas. KivuWatt Ltd raised US$142 million – including a US$25 million loan from EAIF – to build a gas extracting plant and a 25MW power plant.

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Bigger, better and more competitive port facilities for Senegal

Country: Senegal / Sector: Transport

DP World operates 65 ports on 6 continents. Its facility at Dakar is one of the first large public/private partnerships in Senegal. In 2010, EAIF supported DP World’s Dakar total investment of EURO 216 million with a loan EURO 12.5 million.

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