AFIS Digital Events

Strengthening Africa’s emerging pension fund sector

14:00 - 15:15 UTC



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African pension funds could be pivotal to the continent’s development and plug gaps left by the withdrawal of foreign capital. The sector has been proliferating with assets under management in Nigeria rising almost tenfold since 2006 to $33bn. More privately managed pension funds targeting Africa’s middle class are also emerging through a shift from defined benefit to defined contribution plans. Yet only 15% of Africans have pension coverage as informal sectors make up 80% of the workforce. With varying cross-border investment rules and limits on alternative asset classes, such as private equity in some countries, how can the sector build capacity, participate in long-term, cross-border investments and become more financially inclusive? 

Key points 

  • Enabling regulation – what incentives will encourage investment in long-term development projects? 
  • Unexplored territory – How to expand coverage to informal sectors and alternative asset classes  
  • Pooling resources – How can consortiums co-invest in interregional projects and attract overseas counterparts for more diversified investments?  


Ramah Nyang

Business Journalist, CGTN Africa


Jacqueline Irving

Senior Economist, Sector Economics and Development Impact Department, IFC


Masha Maharaj

Securities Services Cluster Head, Sub Saharan Africa, Citi

Ngatia Kirungie

Head Secretariat, Kenya Pension Funds Investment Consortium

Oguche Agudah

CEO, the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria


Olano Makhubela

Executive, Retirement Funds Supervision, Financial Sector Conduct Authority 

Participants profile

This webinar is primarily intended for CEOs, members of executive committees, legal directors and financial directors of large African companies.



Registration is confirmed by the organizer in accordance to your profile and number of participants allowed, so it is very important for you to register.

The webinar will be broadcasted on Zoom. It is a free event and access to Zoom does not require any additional fee.

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