Plenary Background Paper
This paper was written to provide background information on transportation regulation and policy issues – and how these issues impact trade and development in Africa. The paper was written as a reference document for the 2013 ICA Annual Meeting Plenary session. The document was commissioned by DFID and ICA, though the views expressed in the document do not necessarily represent the views of The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, DFID or The African Development Bank.
- PLENARY BACKGROUND PAPER_Oct30.docx (517 kB)
2012 ICA Annual Report
This comprehensive report provides an easy-to-read description of the infrastructure financing trends in Africa. It includes specific information and how and where major donors are supporting infrastructure development across the continent.
- ICA _AnnualReport 2012.pdf (9.7 MB)
AfDB Report on Green Growth in Africa
A new report, entitled, Towards Green Growth in Africa was produced by the African Development Bank in 2012 – and unveiled at the Banks’ meeting in Morocco this spring (2013). In this report, AfDB senior economists, climate change, infrastructure, private sector and regional integration experts have analyzed a wide cadre of issues, including renewable energies technology and technology transfer for green growth in Africa.
To download the English language version of the report click the link below.
Survey Results Show a Clear Need for Risk Mitigation Tools
In a new report co-sponsored by the Initiative for Risk Mitigation (IRMA), the Italian Development Cooperation and the African Development Bank, a survey was conducted amongst 112 investors and public officials. Across the 112 survey participants, virtually all stated that risk mitigation is needed to increase investment and access to finance in Africa. The principal reasons are two-fold:
- Continued perceptions of unacceptable levels of risk throughout Africa; and
- Increased demand for investment and access to finance from both domestic and international investors.
The need for a wider range of risk mitigation tools and products stems from the perception of significant risk, but also from the increased investment opportunities in Africa and the potential for private sector growth. This new, comprehensive report offers a specific needs- assessment on the perception of risk and sets forth recommendations on the types of tools that can be created to mitigate actual investment risk
As one survey respondant; the head of a leading provider of risk mitigation in Africa and worldwide, stated: "…While it may be counter-intuitive, as the risk decreases the need still increases because the amount of investment goes up. Quantum of risk is as important as the degree of risk in driving the need for risk mitigation..."
Another counter-intuitive finding of the survey is that the take-up on existing risk mitigation tools offered by multilateral development banks, export credit agencies and private insurers has been lower than expected. This is most likely due to very little technical knowledge about risk mitigation across a wide spectrum of investment stakeholders. The majority of survey respondents in this study suggested a solution to this dilemma would be the implementation of extensive training and capacity building programs.
The substantial need for risk mitigation in Africa is clearly evidenced by the survey responses in the IRMA report. Survey respondents in the IRMA report, on average, assessed the risk mitigation demand for [the entire continent of] Africa as significant: Specifically, on a scale of 1-5, Africa scored 3.74. It should be noted that most of the survey respondents, however, could/would only comment on one country and not on the continent as a whole.
The conclusions of the Report vindicate the efforts made by the African Development Bank in reinforcing its own Risk Mitigation platform, which is gradually becoming available also through its concessional window.
To download the entire English language report click on the link below.
- IRMA FINAL REPORT (5.7 MB)
2011 ICA Annual Report & Annual Report Overview
The Annual Report analyses the external financial commitments/investments and disbursement to infrastructure in Africa for the year 2011. The report also presents a sectoral and regional distribution of commitments/investments for the same year.
In 2011 total external financial commitments/investments in African Infrastructure declined to 2009 levels. Overall commitments totalled US$41.5billion - a decline of 26% compared with 2010 figures. Commitments from ICA Members declined by 56% to US$11.9billion as compared to 2010 figures.
Financial commitments by 'other' financiers such as Arab Funds and particularly China has witnessed a continuous increasing trend. In 2011 such 'other' commitments grew by 39% to US$18.1billion. and the Arab Funds have doubled their contributions, and private sector commitments have nearly recovered to pre-crisis levels.
Private finance to African infrastructure although experienced a decline as compared to 2010 figures, has remained relatively stable in porportion terms accounting for approximately 27% (US$11 billion) of total external financial commitment/investments.
ICA Assessment of Project Preparation Facilities for Africa
This Assessment of Project Preparation Facilities for Africa was commissioned by the Secretariat of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) and funded by a grant from the ICA Trust Fund.
This assessment forms part of the Infrastructure Action Plan prepared by the Multilateral Development Bank Working Group on Infrastructure for the G20. It also responds directly to the G20 High Level Panel on Infrastructure (October 2011), which recommended that “the size and range of project preparation facilities should be reviewed, with the view to restructuring them on a more sustainable basis including the provision of additional resources if needed.
Light Inside: The Experience of Independent Power Producers in Nigeria
Regional Power Status in African Power Pools
This ICA report provides an overview of power pools in Africa as of end 2010, including the most recent key data and relevant information. The report covers current infrastructure and institutional status in addition to key investment trends.
- Document Link
- ICA Regional Power Pools Report (2.6 MB)
When The Power Comes: An Analysis of IPPs in Africa
African Infrastructure Intelligence Report
The ICA has partnered with leading financial information group PEI to produce the African Infrastructure Intelligence Report. The report provides an objective and substantive overview of Africa's infrastructure needs, giving those engaged in infrastructure an insight into both the challenges and the opportunities that the vast continent presents.