Lagos - Infrastructural Development in West Africa got a boost on Wednesday, when the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a $20 million equity investment in ARM-Harith Infrastructure Fund (ARMHIF).
ARMHIF is a new infrastructure private equity fund based in Nigeria with a targeted fund size of $250 million, according to a press release.
Mouhamadou Niang, Acting Director of the AfDB’s private sector department said “the Bank’s support to ARMHIF will contribute toward the delivery of modern and reliable infrastructure that will reduce the cost of doing business and enhance the region’s competitiveness”.
ARMHIF was set up to invest, through equity, in infrastructure projects and companies across West Africa, with a focus on Nigeria.
ARMHIF is sponsored by Asset and Resource Management Company Ltd (ARM), a leading Nigerian non-bank financial services company established in 1994 and currently managing over US$ 2.7 billion of assets.
ARM has formed a partnership with Harith General Partners (Harith), an experienced infrastructure investment manager on the continent, to manage the Fund.
Opuiyo Oforiokuma, Managing Director, ARM Infrastructure, said: “We are very pleased to have an institution of the caliber of the AfDB as an anchor investor in our new Fund.
"AfDB has been instrumental in attracting the interest of other investors, including Nigerian Pension Funds, a sector that has a significant role to play in providing long term capital for funding Infrastructure development in Nigeria and beyond. "
"We see tremendous Infrastructure investment opportunities throughout West Africa. Having the equity capital to deploy is an important part of the equation” says Opuiyo Oforiokuma, Managing Director, ARM Infrastructure.