Water supply project to bring 500,000 people in Rwanda clean water
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) has signed a financing deal for a large-scale water treatment facility in Rwanda.
The announcement on 27 November is for what will be the first bulk surface water supply in sub-Saharan Africa using a public/private partnership model.
EAIF’s first water project in a big city will also be one of few sub-Saharan Africa water infrastructure projects being done on a build, operate and transfer basis.
The fund is predominantly funded by the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland governments because of its status as a Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) member.
EAIF also receives funding from private sector banks and FMO, the Dutch development bank and its German Equivalent, KFW.
As the mandated lead arranger of financing the project, EAIF is lending US19mn of Senior Debt and $2.6mn of Junior Debt to Kigali Water Limited.
An additional $19mn of Senior Debt will be provided by the African Development Bank, with all loans lasting for an 18-year term.
PIDG’s technical Assistance Facility is also donating a $6.25mn grant to the project.
“The conclusion of the financing is tremendous news for Rwanda,” stated EAIF Chairman, David White.
“Fresh, clean water has a fundamental role to play in economic development. Water-dependent businesses like hotels, food processing and leisure, will have greater confidence in investing because of the Kanzenze water works.”
The financing exercise has been a model of cooperation between EAIF, the African Development Bank, the Government of Rwanda and Metito”
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.