Infrastructure Africa – A Time for Transformation
||Jul 16, 2013
||Jul 18, 2013
||Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
||The need for infrastructure development in emerging markets is critical. In most African countries, particularly the lower-income countries, infrastructure emerges as a major constraint on doing business. The cost of addressing Africa's infrastructure needs is around $93 billion a year, according to the World Bank.
The annual Infrastructure Africa Conference will present stakeholders with an opportunity to unpack the enormous growth potential in addressing Africa's infrastructure needs. Africa, with a population exceeding 1 billion people is well placed as an emerging market, keen for investment & growth and has successfully maintained an average growth rate of 4% for the past few years as a continent.
The 2 day Conference will bring together business to explore new trading opportunities, establish new business networks, develop and form partnerships and plan a way forward to address some of the continent's requirements.
Key sectors to be featured at the 2013 event include: Energy I Transport I Water I Agriculture I ICT.
The African economy has undergone fundamental changes over the last decade. Growth in investor interest is driven by
strong economic growth, rising foreign exchange reserves, quality and cost competitiveness and encouraging Government
policy-making. The strong level of economic growth achieved in Africa in recent years has led to an expansion of
industry, commerce and per capita income. This in turn has fuelled demand for infrastructure services including energy,
transportation, ICT, water supply, growing agriculture and urban infrastructure.
Partnerships in Africa will pave the way for development and this annual conference will bring together Africa’s most senior
business leaders, policy makers, regulators and media to advance debate and champion delivery of Africa’s critical infrastructure
requirements, while providing expert advise on the current state of infrastructure and the anticipated impact of
The event will be a three-day conference in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg.
The Infrastructure Africa 2013 aims to broadly cover the following topical themes in various business sessions:
• To provide a platform for informative and interactive sessions with the prime movers of Infrastructure sector across various
spheres like Government, Policy makers, Industrial leaders, Academia and Potential investors.
• To enhance policy and regulatory framework to boost investor confidence in the infrastructure sector
• To find a way around to turn excruciatingly slow pace of infrastructure developments at the ground level
• To explore new potential areas in order to provide financial assistance as well as access to finance to the infrastructure
• To focus on 5 key industry sectors and explore growth potential within these sectors, as well as unpacking challenges
and obstacles and finding the solutions for growth in each sector.
• To encourage Public Private Partnership in the process of developing world class infrastructure
• Policy Makers
• Private Equity Investors
• Industry Sector Specialists
• Construction Equipment Manufacturers / Suppliers
• Engineering Firms
• Port Developers / Operators
• Toll Plaza / Road maintenance companies
• IT Solutions Providers
• Transport Operators
• Trade Publication / Media
• Government representatives: Government & Public Sector Undertakings / Intergovernmental Agencies / Industrial Development
• Financial Institutions and Banks
• Construction Companies / EPC Contractors / Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Companies
• Consultancy Organizations
• Airport Developers / Operators
• Road & Highways Developers
• Infrastructure Development Agencies
• Logistics / Supply Chain Companies
• Private investors: global and domestic
• Academic & Research Bodies
• Allied Industries (Cement, Iron, Steel Producers, etc)
The conference will address key issues relating to infrastructure development in Africa, including:
• The infrastructure agenda for Africa
• The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)
• Regional and country risks
• Infrastructure development & finance
• Agriculture in Africa
• Country sessions on doing business in Angola / Mozambique / Kenya / Ghana
• African regulatory frameworks
• Africa’s future cities – managing Africa’s urban development
• The African transport opportunity
• Power in Africa and the economic dependence thereof for growth
• Water & sanitation in Africa
• The importance of ICT & telecommunications in Africa
Infrastructure Africa will highlight strategic partnerships.
The Department of Infrastructure Development was established in 2009 following the
disestablishment of the former Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works. This
decision to have Infrastructure Development as a separate portfolio was informed by
the significant role that provision and maintenance of public infrastructure plays in
socio- economic development and growth of the Province.
The NEPAD Business Foundatio n
The NEPAD Business Foundation is a “Chamber of Business for Development”, and a
leading private sector membership body connecting businesses to the public sector,
and implementing innovative and sustainable projects in partnership with civil society.
In supporting African economic development and growth, NBF’s key focus areas mirror
the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency’s (NEPAD Agency) development themes
of agriculture and food security; climate change and natural resources management;
economic and corporate governance; human development and capacity building;
and regional integration and infrastructure.
Infrastructure Afri ca
The New Partnership for Africa ’s Development (NEPAD)
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is a programme of the African
Union (AU) adopted in Lusaka, Zambia in 2001. NEPAD is a radically new intervention,
spearheaded by African leaders to pursue new priorities and approaches to the
political and socio-economic transformation of Africa. NEPAD’s objective is to enhance
Africa’s growth, development and participation in the global economy.
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), an African Union strategic
framework for pan-African socio-economic development, is both a vision and a policy
framework for Africa in the twenty-first century. NEPAD is a radically new intervention,
spearheaded by African leaders, to address critical challenges facing the continent:
poverty, development and Africa’s marginalisation internationally.
NEPAD provides unique opportunities for African countries to take full control of
their development agenda, to work more closely together, and to cooperate more
effectively with international partners.
NEPAD manages a number of programmes and projects in six theme areas. These
- Agriculture and Food Security.
- Climate Change and National Resource Management.
- Regional Integration and Infrastructure.
- Human Development.
- Economic and Corporate Governance.
- Cross-cutting Issues, including Gender, Capacity Development and ICT.
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