The 8th edition of the Africa Public and Private Partnership conference took place last week with a vast array of speakers showcasing infrastructure development and investment opportunities available within the continent.
This event promised and delivered on being the best one to date. The 2016 programme was structured on the success of previous years with the invaluable new inclusion of one-on-one networking meetings between the PPP units and interested parties.
Representatives from 7 African PPP units, including Nigeria; Mali; Uganda; Ghana; Kenya; Cameroon; Egypt and South Africa attended to discuss their PPP progress and showcase project pipelines.
More than 40 industry authorities as well as public and private sector players contributed to the calibre of conference attendees, weighed up risk versus reward, discussed best practices, and considered how to finance priority PPPs during the event.
The key message throughout was the need to increase and reassess the level of partnerships across the board to build a deeper sense of trust, cooperation and collaboration.
“Africa PPP Conference is extremely important because it digs into issues which people in boardrooms do not like to discuss. But this event brings the issues out, it brings the experiences and pitfalls which ‘beginners’ should be aware of. The quality of discussions is mindboggling. “
Eng. Munyaradzi Munodawafa, Chief Executive Officer, Zambezi River Authority
With shared long term objectives of sustainable, inclusive growth in Africa, the implementation of technological advancement and empowering a continent, many prospective relationships were built starting the journey of many key infrastructure projects soon to be seen on the African landscape.
“What I like about the Africa PPP event is the enthusiasm of the banking sector to invest in PPPs and the expertise of the transactions advisers and that it covers the whole life cycle of the PPP project. Africa is a very difficult continent; it has the English and French speaking sections – so how do you convey the message to both sides? You have to have the exponential learning where you learn from other people and could exchange ideas. At Africa PPP conference, we shared what worked and what did not work with our PPP projects. “
Jack van der Merwe, Chief Executive Officer, Gautrain
The conference was sponsored by DBSA, AfDB, Toll Infrastructure Services, supported by the Africa PPP Advisory and organised by AME Trade.
With a view to continue the growth of the programme and the development of PPPs in Africa, it was announced that the 9th Annual Africa PPP conference has been earmarked to take place in November 2017 in Cape Town.
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