ABSA Group Limited

Africa Financial services

Absa Bank Limited (Absa) is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.

Our investment

CDC’s facility will support Absa to increase its lines of credit to other banks across Africa. Subsequently, these banks can increase their trade finance offering to thousands of local business clients. This facility will also enable Absa to expand its network of local banks, particularly into the harder to reach African markets where trade finance will help fuel economic prosperity.

Expected impact

Trade finance plays a key role in Absa’s strategy to become a leading pan-African bank. CDC's commitment boosts the bank's financial commitment to drive African trade and practically support local banks, businesses, SMEs and entrepreneurs – the real source of GDP growth and developmental transformation of African economies. This is a major step in turning back the tide of African de-risking that has starved the continent of trade finance.

Environmental and social aspects

CDC worked with Absa to ensure that E&S standards (CDCs exclusion list) are applied to trades that are implemented under the facility in line with DFI approaches to trade facilities

Key facts


Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

Pan- African

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

Financial services
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

Trade Finance
Start date

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For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.

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October 2019

For direct investments, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).

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This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.

South Africa