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To Our MiDA Network,

As we move towards the end of the first quarter of 2022, we at MiDA Advisors are excited about the potential this year holds. We see immense potential for African and other emerging markets as we all move towards recovering from the pandemic, we also see potential in the value we can add to the innovative solutions we can create as part of this great year of come back.

The last two years have surely been challenging for us all in many ways, but we have persevered together. We at MiDA are grateful to have continued to engage with you, our partners, friends, and clients on implementing impactful programs. We are proud of our growing team both here in the U.S. and on the ground in Africa.

Looking at the year ahead, we are energized and ready to provide greater insights and connections between U.S. investors and emerging markets through our events, research, and team of experts.

Thank you for being our champions and supporters. With you, we forge ahead with Power, Persistence and Purposefulness.

Warm Regards,

Aymeric Saha, CEO, and the MiDA team

MiDA Advisors Updates

MiDA On the Ground

MiDA CEO Aymeric Saha Engages with U.S. Members of Congress Delegation in

Côte d'Ivoire

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Mr. Saha engaged with U.S. Congress Delegation led by Chairman Gregory Meeks of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Cote d'Ivoire to share MiDA's work and outline 2022 objectives. Chairman Meeks was accompanied by other members of Congress including Representatives Ami Bera, Ilhan Omar, Joyce Beatty, G.K. Butterfield, Brenda Lawrence, and Troy Carter. 

MiDA Participates in

KEPFIC Membership Forum in Kenya

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The MiDA team participated in a KEPFIC conference themed "Opportunities & Experiences in Infrastructure & Alternative Investments for the Pension Industry" in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants included pension funds, fund managers, administrators, and other key stakeholders of the pension industry within Kenya. MiDA engaged the KEPFIC members on scaling membership and investing in infrastructure and other alternative asset classes. 


MiDA Managing Director Roselyn Spencer Engaged Partners and Stakeholders in South Africa

Mrs. Spencer has been on the ground in South Africa meeting with members of the Asset Owners Forum of South Africa (AOFSA) and secretariat of Batseta. She also met with prospective fund managers to gain a better understanding of investment perspectives for further pipeline development for the Forum. Mrs. Spencer leads the creation of a pipeline that includes current projects that are investable or bankable that would be suitable for the AOFSA's consideration.

WE>MI Programmatic Update

At the start of the new year, MiDA was excited to kick-off the Investment Support Facility (ISF) segment of The Women Empowerment Mentoring and Incubation Fund Manager Program (WE>MI) in partnership with the Southern African Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SAVCA), and supported by USAID. The ISF kicked off with our 10 dynamic women owned/managed fund managers. We were honored to host Treasurer Adam Cloud of the City of Hartford as our first speaker to share his perspective on investing in Africa. WE>MI has continued to host weekly sessions with esteemed speakers from the MiDA network including Joanne Yoo, Managing Director at DPI; Jarred Glansbeek, CIO at RisCura; Private Markets Consultant Marde van Wyk; Mantuka Maisela, Chairwoman of Motor Industry Retirement Funds; Leevi Tshoopra, Manager Listed Investments, GIPF; Chad Ward, Head of Investment Research (South Africa), RisCura; and Seipati Moichela, Associate Principle, Public Investment Corporation.

WE>MI Article Features

MiDA Makes the Case for

Increased Gender Financial Inclusion

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The doors to financial empowerment and inclusion are typically shut to women entrepreneurs. Greater access to capital could help us unlock them, yet women comprise a small portion of fund managers in the private equity sector - the people who serve as gatekeepers to capital for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Seizing Africa’s overlooked investment opportunities with an inclusivity lens

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Being excluded from the investment industry has made women asset managers hungry for inclusion. Three WE>MI fund managers share how their perspectives as women allow them to see opportunities others may miss.

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Research Spotlight

2022 Economic Outlook Analysis with

Standard Bank Group

2022 holds enormous promise, most strikingly because it should mark the end of the pandemic. Further, the strengthening economic recovery will inject added cheer, and notwithstanding the occasional tremors in financial markets. Indeed, the global economy will grow above trend this year; the receding pandemic, coupled with strong household finances in key markets, is central to this prognosis.

Important Disclaimer

These research reports may not be re-distributed to any other person without Standard Bank Group Securities express written consent.

The reports are from an independent third party. MiDA advisors does not have influence or input into the contents of the report. The reports are distributed solely for information purposes and are not intended for solicitation.

All material presented in these reports, unless specifically indicated otherwise, are under copyright to SBG Securities. None of the material, nor its content, nor any copy of it, may be altered in any way, transmitted to, copied or re-distributed to any other party, without the prior express written permission of SBG Securities. All trademarks, service marks and logos used in these reports are trademarks or service marks or registered trademarks or service marks of SBG Securities or its affiliates.

The information, tools and material presented in these reports are provided to you for information purposes only and are not to be used or considered as an offer or the solicitation of an offer to sell or to buy or subscribe for securities or other financial instruments. SBG Securities may not have taken any steps to ensure that the securities referred to in this report are suitable for any particular reader.

SBG Securities Research may not be distributed to the public media or quoted or used by the public media without the express written consent of the Standard Bank Group. 

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The World to Africa Survey Findings:

Now Accessible

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The survey explores the questions: How are global investors making the most of the Africa opportunity? What is the case for investing into African markets today? What is driving people to act or to hold back from investing? Where are the triggers for greater flows into Africa's markets?

MiDA partnered with Standard Bank Group, BNY Mellon, AVCA, SAVCA, Global Custodian and the Value Exchange to provide insight into these questions and help investors shape their new path for investing in Africa.

We are pleased to announce that the findings have been published and are accessible.

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Partner Updates

American Fund Buys Kenyan Cell Tower Firm

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American private equity fund Everstrong Capital has bought a majority stake in SealTowers Limited, a Kenya-based independent provider of cell towers founded five years ago, the firms announced yesterday. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals. The companies did not disclose the size of the majority stake being sold to Everstrong Capital, which has offices in the US, Kenya and South Africa and has been targeting deals in energy, water, ICT, transport and healthcare sectors.


Under the deal, Everstrong through its local fund dubbed the Kenya Infrastructure Fund will partly inject $12.5 million (Sh1.4 billion) to finance the construction of additional 200 towers.

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IFC-Milken Institute Capital Markets Program

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MiDA is pleased to share the sixth IFC-MI Capital Markets Program from our partners, the Milken Institute. The program, a rigorous 8-month training program, aims to build the next generation of financial policy leaders and underscores successful capital market development across developing and emerging markets. To date, program graduates include 160 policymakers across more than 45 countries and more than 60 different government institutions (central banks, ministries of finance, financial regulators, stock exchanges and the like).

The next internship period runs from June through September 2022 (4 months) and these can take place virtually, in-person or in a hybrid format depending on company policies. The Milken Institute invites you to host an intern; internships are a great way for our scholars to find out more about how the US and global financial industry works in practice. This can also be very valuable for internship hosts looking for experienced professionals who can provide important insights into their own markets and also bring strong local networks to bear.

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Upcoming Events

MiDA and NASP co-Host Women's Forum

March 30-31, 2022

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NASP and MiDA invite you to join us for our 2nd Annual Women's Forum!

This two-day forum will host dynamic speakers on panels including:

  • Building the Brand of YOU: Tactics to Develop Your Career and Personal Goals
  • Breaking Barriers: Spotlighting Bold Entrepreneurs
  • Communicating with Influence and Empathy
  • Making Yourself Your #1 Priority
Register Here

USAID Investor Delegation Trip

April 25-29, 2022

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The African and Emerging Markets Summit

June 27-29, 2022

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REPORT: Africa Foresight Africa - Top Priorities for the Continent in 2022

With this and every edition of Foresight Africa, we aim to capture the top priorities for the region in the coming year, offering recommendations for African and global stakeholders for creating and supporting a strong, sustainable, and successful Africa. In doing so, we hope that Foresight Africa 2022 will promote an engaging and thoughtful dialogue on the key issues influencing development policy and practice in Africa during the upcoming year. We hope that this will ultimately lead to sound policies and strategies that sustain and expand the benefits of economic growth to all people of Africa.

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Global Infrastructure Hub Report: Infrastructure Monitor

The report provides in-depth analysis of global infrastructure themes to allow monitoring of private investment in infrastructure and infrastructure investment performance. Through its analysis of data aggregated from across leading infrastructure databases, it presents findings and insights that help policymakers, investors, and others steer a course toward more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive infrastructure.

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Atlantic Council Report: Priorities for US-Africa Commercial Policy in the Biden Administration

With a renewed focus on multilateralism, President Joe Biden, in his first one hundred days, has actively been reengaging with traditional US allies and partners repeatedly sidelined by the Trump administration. African countries have been included in this effort. When addressing the African Union Summit of African presidents in February, he reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to partnering with African nations to address challenges including cli- mate change and erosion of democratic institutions.

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