Infrastructure Africa Forum to chart the way forward

2018-07-12 09:34
Among other subjects, the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum will discuss the unparalleled
role of transport and logistics infrastructure in supporting business activity in Africa. If
anyone wants to get an idea of the scale of transport going into Africa from South Africa, just
pop into the Abnormal Load parking area at the Beitbridge border post.

The rapid pace of infrastructural development in the continent has made a significant contribution to the economic turnaround that Africa has experienced in recent years. However, even though headed in the right direction with regards to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals, Africa’s growth potential in infrastructural development must be explored further.

This is necessary to augment the scale of current economic efforts and ensure that Africa’s 1 billion inhabitants are equally able to benefit from incoming investment and employment opportunities.

At present, African nations collectively spend $45-billion per annum on infrastructure. However, experts suggest that this figure should be raised to $93-billion per year to secure a prosperous and stable future for the region. Infrastructural development has had a significant impact on the continent and this progress will be highlighted at a 2-day Infrastructure Africa Business Forum to be held on the 9th and 10th October 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The objective of this mega symposium is to assemble Africa’s infrastructure think tanks from the public and private sector to discuss unexplored strategies, opportunities and avenues for advancement.

The convention comprises of three fundamental pillars – the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum; African Infrastructure Ministerial Roundtable; and Exhibition Showcase, each of which have been designed to support the diverse interests of stakeholders.

The ministerial panel to be held on the first day will shed light on how infrastructure development in Africa can serve as a driver of economic growth. The premise of this dialogue is based on understanding the governmental perspective on the subject and bridging the gap between public sector and private sector aspirations. The Africa Agenda 2063 is expected to be an influential panel of the conference featuring renowned infrastructure CEOs who will present their outlook on the subject.

The region has undoubtedly surpassed the expectations of many in meeting infrastructural goals but it remains imperative to investigate the challenges and achievements of this arena. This topic has been selected to enlighten prospective investors on the nuances of Africa’s economic dynamics.

The convention will also feature discussions and expert panels on other noteworthy themes such as how to secure capital and funding for development projects, establishing and sustaining long-term private sector partnerships and understanding the role of state owned corporations to unlock the potential of the region’s manufacturing sector and industries.

The event will place great emphasis on key industry sectors, namely transport, water, ICT & Telecoms, energy and finance. In so doing, the associated obstacles, solutions and potential for growth in each sector will be intricately explored.

Tenders regarding development projects are known to be an issue among industry players. In response to these concerns, dialogues will be held concerning how infrastructure developers can access tender information for new projects, what is required of them to meet expectations as well as project management processes required to meet the necessary deadlines.

The symposium will support the insightful dialogue on matters of project bankability and due diligence, the digitisation of Africa and the unparalleled role of transport and logistics infrastructure in supporting business activity.

Furthermore, discussions around improving policies and regulations related to infrastructure will be conducted so to enhance investor confidence in the sphere. To help participants receive pragmatic knowledge about African economies, the forum has prepared panels featuring presentations on Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya and Sierra Leone.

For more information on the event, or to register for the forum, visit http://www.infrastructure-africa.com/

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