China-Africa Development Fund

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China-Africa Development Fund
FoundedJune 26, 2007; 15 years ago (2007-06-26)[1]
HeadquartersBeijing, China
Area served
China, Africa
Key people
Zhao Jianping (Chairman)
Chi Jianxin (President)

The China-Africa Development Fund (Chinese: 中非发展基金), more commonly known as CAD Fund, is a Chinese private equity fund solely funded by China Development Bank, a Chinese government policy bank. The aim of the fund is to stimulate investment in Africa by Chinese companies in power generation, transportation infrastructure, natural resources, manufacturing, and other sectors.


The creation of CAD Fund was announced as one of the "Eight Measures" for Sino-African relations at the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) by President Hu Jintao on November 4, 2006. It was established in June 2007 with US$1 billion of initial funding by the China Development Bank and is envisioned to grow to US$5 billion in the future.[1] The fund entered into its second round of fundraising in May 2010 to raise US$2 billion.[2] In 2015, China announced its plan to expand the CAD fund to $10 billion.[3]


The fund's primary purpose is foster Sino-African investment through bridging finance, financial advice, Africa specific managerial advice, and identification of potential investment opportunities as well as connecting African projects to Chinese investors.

As of 2010 the fund had invested in 30 projects in Africa worth around US$800 million. In 2009 alone, the fund invested US$140 million of China's total US$1.3 billion invested in Africa that year.[2] The fund primarily focused on industrial development. For example, in 2010 it teamed up with several partners by contributing 382.5 million ZAR into a 1.65 billion ZAR investment by Jidong Cement to build a cement plant in Limpopo, South Africa.[4]

The fund has also participated in acquiring natural resource assets by forming a joint venture with China National Nuclear Corporation (then China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group) to acquire most of the Husab Mine for US$996 million in February 2012.[5]

The fund made a rare move in media in December 2013 when it was the financial partner in the acquisition of 20% of Independent News and Media SA, a newspaper publishing house in South Africa, for 400 million ZAR.[6]

List of equity investments[edit]

Grants and other activities[edit]

The China Africa Development Fund provides support in connection with the overseas special economic zones that Chinese enterprises have established in Africa.[9] Although the Chinese government generally takes a hands-off approach to the development of these zones, leaving it to Chinese enterprises to work with host countries to establish them, the CAD Fund provides support in the form of grants, loans, and subsidies.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Company Overview". CAD Fund website. CAD Fund. Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Yan, Zhou (28 May 2010). "CAD Fund to boost footprint in Africa". China Daily. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  3. ^ Murphy, Dawn C. (2022). China's rise in the Global South : the Middle East, Africa, and Beijing's alternative world order. Stanford, California. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-5036-3060-4. OCLC 1249712936.
  4. ^ "China seals cement deal with S Africa". The Financial Times. May 13, 2010.
  5. ^ Stewart, Robb M. (February 2012). "Rio Tinto Accepts Chinese Bid for Kalahari Shares". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  6. ^ Sam Sole and Craig Mckune (28 August 2014). "What's black and white and in the red all over?". Mail and Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  7. ^ 华友钴业关于公司股东中非发展基金减持股份计划的公告 (in Chinese)
  8. ^ "Africa: Ghana's leading carrier, Africa World Airlines takes delivery of 7th aircraft". 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b Murphy, Dawn C. (2022). China's rise in the Global South : the Middle East, Africa, and Beijing's alternative world order. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-5036-3060-4. OCLC 1249712936.

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