ABOUT THIS PANEL DISCUSSION
Preparing a pipeline of bankable sustainable infrastructure projects is vital to closing the infrastructure gap and creating jobs on the continent. The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) emphasises the need for strong coordination in the preparation of bankable, investment-ready projects that can attract financing for implementation. With half the intended projects still at the conceptual stage, Africa needs to incrementally increase the capacity for project preparation in terms of resources and skills in order to facilitate employment opportunities for Africa’s youth. For private investors to come on board, governments will need to create the right legislative, regulatory and institutional environment. To augment this initiative a clear and transparent regulatory framework is the foundation for a conducive business environment.
- The lack of technical capacity for project preparation as one of the key bottlenecks in the implementation of PIDA projects and other infrastructure projects. How can this be addressed?
- Project delivery will depend on effective public-private sector partnerships (PPPs) and not just on the public sector and / or donors. What is needed to fast-track project delivery?
- Demonstrating political commitment by government is the key to attracting investors. Given the changing political landscape in various countries, how does this impact project bankability?
- What new innovative mechanisms are available in the market and how can this support project bankability?
SPEAKERS FOR THIS SESSION
- Nigel Gwynne-Evans: the dti
- James Mackay: PWC Advisory
- Muzi Kubeka: White & Case
- Fiona Wilson: Clinton Foundation
- Cleyton Barros: Global Infrastructure Hub
- Paul Mojalefa: ECIC
More about the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum
The 7th Infrastructure Africa Business Forum on the 9th and 10th October 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, will bring together prominent African infrastructure experts, government officials and business leaders to accelerate the business of infrastructure development. The 2-day conference and showcase exhibition provides an opportunity for companies to focus on the continent’s growth hotspots, discuss infrastructure trends, meet project developers and relevant government authorities, whilst exploring infrastructure business opportunities. The event has the highest level of African and South African endorsement for an infrastructure event on the continent, and provides the business platform for private and public sector players seeking to meet the sector’s national and regional who’s who.