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Ugandan project attracts investors PDF Print E-mail
News - Alternative Investments
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 15:58

Newly formed TLG Capital is defying the economic downturn with its first investment in Quality Chemicals Industry Ltd (QCIL).

This will be followed by further investments of deploying capital in frontier markets. Quality Chemicals Ltd (QCL) joined forces with Cipla to launch QCIL – the first pharmaceutical company manufacturing antiretroviral (ARVs) and anti-malarial drugs in Africa. With the full support of the Ugandan Government, QCIL is set to produce six million tablets per day in the near future.

QCIL has constructed a £20 million plant in Kampala, Uganda which has been licensed by the National Drug Authority. The company has also been vetted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and pre-qualified by Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) ensuring buy in from these organisations.
Despite difficulties in the world financial markets and a general slowing of private equity investment into Africa, QCIL has emerged ahead of the game with a sale of a structured transaction to an international investor group - TLG Capital. TLG Capital was set up to invest and work with companies in frontier markets that have often evaded the radar of international based dedicated Africa funds.

Zain Latif, Principal of TLG Capital says: “For us, QCIL remains one of the most promising opportunities in the East African region. The production of key ARV and ACT drugs combined with the strength of management has convinced us of the long-term potential of the plant. From the beginning, we share the same goals as management and we are closely working together to realise the great vision we have for the company.

“Fundamentally QCIL is the epitome of what TLG Capital stands for. We want to focus on ‘being the solution’ as opposed to ‘talking about a solution’. Intelligent deployment of capital with an ethical angle and focusing on maturing indigenous businesses will do more for Sub-Saharan African development than any other measure.”

Zain Latif has a unique insight into the African Markets gained through his experience stretching from HSBC to Merrill Lynch and most recently at Goldman Sachs, where he was involved in Emerging Markets, particularly Africa.

 

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