Tuesday, April 13, 2021

In A Bid To Boost The African Creative Space, Afreximbank Sets Aside A $500 million Fund

The African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim Bank) has set up a $500 million fund to support Africa’s creative industries as the continent faces a challenge to effectively monetize its creative output.

This disclosure was made by Afreximbank President, Benedict Oramah at a virtual “fireside chat” recently organized by the Africa Soft Power Project, entitled “The New Face of African Collaboration.”

According to Africa Investment Forum Senior Director, Chinelo Anohu,

“Digital platforms in Africa should scale up to take advantage of the continent’s surging demand for creative content, and the African Development Bank flagship entity is providing advisory services and investment support to creative players.

“The Africa Investment Forum was working to promote content deals as well as digital infrastructure projects to advance creative industries, including support to smaller players.

“At AIF 2019, we had a very interesting entrepreneur scheme which saw those that were not as big get the kind of funding they needed to get beyond getting a feasibility study done.

“Data is one of the African Development Bank’s strong points. They have a fantastic research division, and what we’re trying to do is mainstream that data culled from 55 countries and distil it in such a manner that the investors can easily access the information they need.

“Support for intellectual property rights and equipping investors with the data they need to tackle negative perceptions about investing in Africa are key priorities for Africa Investment Forum.

 

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