About the Forum / Welcome to the Africa Municipal Bonds Forum 2017

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The annual gathering for Africa’s Municipal finance experts, investors. Development partners and decision makers. Now in its second year, Africa Municipal Bonds Forum (AMBF) has become a must-attend event for anyone involved in Africa’s Municipal debt markets.

With African continuing to grow at higher rates compared to other emerging markets, and as the continent’s cities continues to strive forward – debt markets still a much needed tool to finance the huge African cities’ infrastructure and energy gap.

Cities’ Mayors and Regions’ Governors and industry leaders from across Africa including speakers from Ministries of Finance, Central Banks, Development Banks, Development partners, Finance Corporations, Commercial and investment banks, Frontier funds to name but a few, will be providing insights into their cities growth plans, financing strategies and answering your questions.

Also our prestigious Advisory Board who have helped guide the content of the inaugural event, will ensure the agenda focuses on key issues and topics you want to hear about.

South Africa

South Africa’s municipal bond market is staged for a resurgence as cities must raise debt for infrastructure projects due to large cuts on the central government’s budgets.
In 2016 Cape Town and Johannesburg said they may sell as much as 4.2 billion Rand worth of bonds in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. That’s already more than five times the amount of debt issued in 2015, when only one municipality “Ekurhuleni” sold securities. Others cities may follow suit.
Yields on Cape Town’s 2 billion Rand of notes, maturing in March 2025, have climbed 218 basis points in 2015 to 10.9 percent in 2016, or 177 basis points, more than similar-maturity South African government debt. Infrastructure spending by South Africa’s eight largest cities is expected to rise by about 50 percent in the three-year period from 2015 to 2017 to 103 billion rand while investors would be attracted to higher yields offered by municipal bonds compared with government securities.

According to current investors in Cape Town and Johannesburg bonds, both cities are well-placed to sell debt in coming years and they also expect other metros to start selling debt more frequently.

Through our partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), we can guarantee the presence of South Africa’s main cities at the Forum.

Attend / Why you should attend?

  • Meet and network with senior decision makers from Africa’s main Cities and Regions.
  • Develop your business by maximising your time spent at the forum and its extensive networking opportunities.
  • Participate in the only event bringing together key players from African Municipalities.
  • Learn about the latest developments in Africa’s municipal debt markets

Who attended in 2016

  • Barclays Africa
  • Attijariwafa Bank
  • Bank of Industry
  • SGBS
  • BSIC
  • Banque Atlantique
  • BOAD
  • BRVM
  • CGF Bourse
  • Bloomfield Investment Corporation
  • Africa Finet
  • IMFO
  • Finance Active
  • UN-Habitat
  • World Bank
  • FMDV
  • Kommuninvest
  • UCLG-A
  • Cities Alliance
  • Agence Française de Développement
Among the 61 Municipalities present
  • Abidjan
  • Banjul
  • Bamako
  • Brazzaville
  • Dakar
  • Johannesburg
  • Kampala
  • Lome
  • Maputo
  • Marseille
  • Nouakchott
  • Praia
  • Rabat
  • Victoria


 We are delighted  to confirm the following speakers:


Parks Tau, President, UCLG

Xolile George, Chief Executive Officer, SALGA

Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLGA

Kagiso Thutlwe, Mayor of Gaborone

Simphiwe Dzengwa, Executive Director Municipal Finance, SALGA

Desmond Bikoko, Mayor of Lilongwe

Kumeshen Naidoo, Head Debt Capital Markets, Barclays Africa

Mohammed Musa Bello, Governor, FCT-Abuja

Jennifer Musisi, CEO, KCCA

Jerome Davis, Finance Executor, Windhoek City

Henry Odongo, Manager Management Accounting, KCCA

Robert Futter, Director, Cresco Project Finance

Steve Seaka, Head Public Sector, Barclays Africa

Bernard Manyenyeni, Mayor of Harare

Isaya Mwita, Mayor of Dar es Salam

Eyal Shevel, Head Corporate & Public Sector Debt Ratings, Global Credit Ratings

Jeremy Gorelick, Sr. Infrastructure Finance Advisor, USAID

Chisala Kalumba, Mayor of Lusaka

Riza Moosa, Head of Islamic Finance, Norton Rose Fulbright


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Bonds Vs Sukuks

Assessing demand for sukuk vs. cities’ bonds; evaluating what is preventing supply of sukuk to African cities; what are the motivations behind cities’ issuers choosing sukuk versus other instruments

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