Over the coming months, we are going to emerge from global lockdown into an economy over which the Covid-19 virus will cast its long shadow. But does that have to be the end of the story?

There is another shadow that could go a long way towards neutralising the worst effects of this malignant virus on the global economy. A shadow cast by a colossal, multitrillion-dollar mountain of unused private capital that stands ready, willing and able to be deployed into construction, infrastructure, energy and other projects across Africa and elsewhere...

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