IFC Invests €15 Million in Private Equity Fund to Help SMEs in North Africa
IFC is investing €15 million in a new private equity fund by AfricInvest, a leading private equity fund manager, to help expand access to finance for small and medium enterprises in North Africa. The investment is part of a larger effort to support economic growth and create jobs.
Globally, the Middle East and North Africa region ranks low in terms of lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which form the backbone of the economy and are crucial for job creation. IFC’s financing will help Maghreb Private Equity Fund IV to invest in up to 15 companies primarily in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt.
Private equity investments are crucial for the region’s development and stability as they help create new jobs, drive economic growth, and encourage further investments in related sectors. AfricInvest has already invested in about 136 companies and generated over 13,000 direct jobs across its platform of investment vehicles.