21.07.2011

Africa investor Agribusiness Investment Awards 2011 shortlist announced

Johannesburg, South Africa; 20 July 2011: Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment research and communications group, today announced the shortlist for the 2011 Ai Agribusiness Awards, which reward organisations, companies and personalities driving transactions and improving the continent’s agribusiness investment climate.

The Ai Agribusiness Investment Awards will formally recognise the importance agribusiness investment has on economic development across the continent. The Awards reward achievements across the main agribusiness and finance sectors in Africa. Last year’s Award winners included: African Export-Import Bank; African Development Bank; Nestlé; Presidential Initiative for Banana Industrial Development (PIBID); Silk Invest and ABSA, amongst others.

Johannesburg, South Africa; 20 July 2011: Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment research and communications group, today announced the shortlist for the 2011 Ai Agribusiness Awards, which reward organisations, companies and personalities driving transactions and improving the continent’s agribusiness investment climate.

The Ai Agribusiness Investment Awards will formally recognise the importance agribusiness investment has on economic development across the continent. The Awards reward achievements across the main agribusiness and finance sectors in Africa. Last year’s Award winners included: African Export-Import Bank; African Development Bank; Nestlé; Presidential Initiative for Banana Industrial Development (PIBID); Silk Invest and ABSA, amongst others.

Commenting on the Awards, Hubert Danso, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairperson of Africa investor, said: “Private sector innovation and partnerships are critical to developing bankable agribusiness transactions and job creation. We are therefore delighted to have received such great interest in these awards from both public and private sector institutions, which are committed to showcasing their success stories.”

The 2011 Ai Agribusiness Investment Awards use stringent criteria and are assessed by the following judges from the Africa investor International Judges Academy:

Dr John Purchase is the CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber, which represents the interests of members at national, continental and international levels. Due to its nature, this entails negotiations with government and international business representatives. His career portfolio spans from his post as the Divisional Manager of Crop Sciences to Senior Deputy Director of the ARC-Grain Crops Institute in Potchefstroom and, more recently, as Manager of Strategic Development at Grain SA. In addition to receiving several awards for his work and leadership, Dr Purchase was also made a fellow at the SA Society for Crop Production in 2002.

Paul Runge is the Managing Director of Africa Project Access, a consultancy that specialises in the provision of early alert of projects in the agribusiness sector in Africa. He also monitors the major funding agencies operating in Africa, such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Runge has extensive direct experience in Africa, having visited 32 African countries from 1982 to the present.

Hubert Danso is the CEO and Vice Chairman of Ai. He is responsible for advising governments, pension funds, donors and companies (international and domestic) on investment strategies in Africa. He is also the Managing Editor of Ai magazine. Mr. Danso established Africa investor after leaving the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, where he was the Senior Adviser for African Affairs, responsible for relations with international and intergovernmental organisations. He holds an LLB in Business Law and an LLM Masters in International Commercial Law from the University of Sussex in England.

He was instrumental in establishing the NEPAD Business Group and is a member of the OECD-NEPAD Investment Steering Committee, the African Development Bank’s-NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Fund Oversight Committee, the UNEP Finance Initiative African Task Force and the UN Business Committee on Financing for Development. Hubert Danso is also a member of the Junior Achievement Worldwide Board responsible for promoting entrepreneurship amongst Africa’s youth.

Dr Bamanga Tukur is Chairman of Africa Practice Group, Executive President of the African Business Roundtable and Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group. Dr Tukur has held numerous national appointments in Nigeria, including Minister of Industry in the Federal Government. Dr Tukur is a member of the International Business Advisory Council (IBAC) of UNIDO and a member of the OECD Africa Investment Advisory Board. He was elected Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group in Monterrey, Mexico in March 2002. In the same year Dr Tukur was conferred with the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Mono (COM) by the President of Togo, His Excellency President Gnassingbe Eyadema, in recognition of his contribution to business in Africa. He was also appointed to the Ghana Investors Advisory Council by H.E. President John Agyekum Kuffuor in June 2002. In December 2003, Dr Tukur was conferred with the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by His Excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.

M’Hamed Cherif is the Head of ACP Business Climate, an organisation providing technical assistance for improving the business climate in Africa. ACP Business Climate focuses on support and collaboration with Regional Economic Communities (RECs); support to public-private dialogue through business fora; and interventions to provide expertise and events and communication services to promote private sector development.

The Ai Agribusiness Investment Awards will coincide with the Ai CEO Agribusiness Investment Summit. The Ai CEO Agribusiness Investment Summit will bring together major agribusiness funds, Ministers of Agriculture, development partners and project promoters to discuss initiatives to mobilise private sector partnerships and investment into African agriculture.

The Africa investor Agribusiness Investment Award winners will be announced on August the 17th in South Africa.

The Africa investor Agribusiness Investment Awards 2011 – full shortlist

Structured Trade Finance Deal of the Year

• Rabobank
• Standard Bank
• Standard Chartered Bank
• Africa Export-Import Bank
• Ecobank
• Nedbank
• COMESA
• Barak

Export Credit Initiative of the Year

• CIC Energy Corporation
• Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
• Export Credit Guarantee Department (UK)
• Quality Food Products Ltd
• African Trade Insurance Agency
• Nedbank
• Coface

Development Finance Initiative of the Year

• UNIDO- 3ADI
• AgDevCo
• International Finance Corporation
• Development Bank Southern Africa
• International Fund for Agricultural Development
• Industrial Development Corporation
• African Development Bank

Agro-processing Initiative of the Year

• Diageo
• Coca Cola
• Pioneer Foods
• SAPPI
• SAB Ltd
• Nestle
• Illovo Group

Agribusiness Investment Initiative of the Year

• Agriterra
• Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
• Silk Invest
• Senwes
• Olam
• Yara
• Agra
• Phatisa
• Inspired Evolution
• Chayton Capital

Minister of Agriculture of the Year

• Republic of Mozambique
• Republic of South Africa
• United Republic of Tanzania
• Republic of Kenya
• Republic of Rwanda
• Republic of Uganda
• Republic of Ghana

Trade Finance Bank of the Year

• Standard Chartered Bank
• African Development Bank
• Rabobank
• African Export-Import Bank
• Ecobank
• Barak Structured Trade Finance Fund
• HSBC

Agricultural Commodities Initiative of the Year

• Ethiopia Commodities Exchange
• Bourse Africa
• Rijk Zwaan Q-Sem
• SAB Ltd.
• Kuruturi
• Olam
• Uganda Commodity Exchange
• Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development

Biofuels Initiative of the Year

• Monsanto
• Chevron
• Exxon
• South African Breweries
• BFP Africa
• PhytoEnergy SA
• Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development

Agribusiness Development Bank of the Year

• Agriculture Development Bank of Ghana
• LandBank South Africa
• The Principal Bank for Development and Agriculture Credit, Egypt
• Agribank of Zimbabwe
• National Bank of Malawi
• Development Bank of Southern Africa

Agribusiness Fund of the Year

• Emergent Asset Management
• Agrivie
• Futuregrowth Asset Management
• Barak Fund Management
• Phatisa
• Silk Invest
• AgDevCo
• African Agricultural Capital

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