The launch of the 1st Pension Funds and Alternative Investments Africa conference held in Mauritius attracted 132 attendees, 34 speakers and 13 media representatives, from different countries and has been deemed a success.
After 2 days of highly interactive panel discussions and networking sessions, some of the key outcomes included:

  • Collaboration was mentioned repeatedly between various stakeholders, this needs to be encouraged going forward
  • Education/Capacity building for trustees/custodians:  it is important that the trustees/custodians attend this forum to better understand and engage with other stakeholders
  • Pensions regulatory:  a number of issues were highlighted:
    • Cross border co-investment
    • Other asset class allocation, other than fixed income
    • Collaboration with other pension funds
  • Private equity as an asset class:  conversations and progress is beginning to happen across the board, there is an imbalance of non-African pension funds investing in African private equity funds.  It is important that African Pension funds start to engage more with this asset class.
  • Africa pension funds and insurance funds represent a game changing opportunity if correctly deployed and managed in the infrastructure space.
  • Industry needs to prepare better products for pension funds that take into account risk profile and developmental dynamics of Africa

No event can be done without support from, industry expertise and stakeholders, and for this reason we would like to thank our sponsors, RisCura and ARM-Harith, our partners, FSPA, EAVCA, Africa House, ASEA, Air Mauritius, our media partners, and all attendees who contributed in their own capacity to make the First Pension Funds and Alternative Investment Conference possible.

The dates for the 2nd edition of Pension Funds and Alternative Investments Africa conference have been set for the 15 – 16 March 2018.  We look forward to welcoming you back to Mauritius where we will continue the dialogue on what African Funds can accomplish.

On behalf of AME Trade and the PI Africa team

Emma Sayers
Senior Conference Producer


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