The African Development Bank has used its own capital base to create a $1.5 billion trade finance facility that aims to fuel trade and investment in the region. African commercial lenders and central banks can tap the facility to boost liquidity, allowing companies to complete stalled investment plans and finance imports. Kenya's debut infrastructure bonds were oversubscribed by 45%. The government sold $233 million in 12-year 12.5% bonds. Rwanda's underdeveloped mortgage market is poised for growth.