Public-Private Partnership Conference, to be held 5-8 June 2012 in Dakar, Senegal
13 April 2012
Public-Private Partnership Conference
5th-8th June 2012
ACCELERATING ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
SCALING UP PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION
The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) is pleased to provide support for the upcoming Public-Private Partnership Conference organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), to be held June 5th-8th in Dakar, Senegal. Water and sanitation are the focus of this year’s conference, with the theme: Accelerating Access To Water And Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa - Scaling Up Private Sector Participation.
The objective of this event is to review recent progress in engaging private sector participation in the African water and sanitation sector, and to share lessons learned from successful African and global models. Topics include overviews of current public-private partnership (PPP) practice; increasing capacity, reach and efficiency; water sector financing; and what private operators look for in a PPP.
Panel discussions and case studies will help participants to better understand the opportunities and challenges of PPPs, and to appreciate the varied perspectives of governments, practitioners and financiers. Visits to two water facilities in Dakar form an integral part of the agenda. An optional Pre-conference Training Day has also been developed to reinforce participants’ understanding of PPP concepts and their application to the water sector.
This seminar is part of a series of IFC learning events on Public-Private Partnerships that focus on the fundamentals of PPPs and case studies from different parts of the world in the context of sectoral themes. In addition to this event, ICA partnered with IFC on the port seminar held in Cairo in April 2010, and on the airport seminar held in Dubai in February 2011.
The IFC and ICA are joined by the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) as partners in the organization of this year’s event.
About the ICA Water Platform
ICA was launched at the G8 Gleneagles summit in 2005, with the mission to help improve the lives and economic well-being of Africans by supporting increased investment in infrastructure in Africa, from public and private sources. As part of ICA’s work in fostering coordination on a sector level, a Water Platform (WP) was launched in May 2011 and led by Germany. The WP facilitates matchmaking between ICA Members and African Stakeholders in the Water Sector, including regular dialogue to encourage joint investment activities.
ICA Water Platform Objectives:
- Scale up finance for sustainable water infrastructure in Africa from public, private and public-private sources.
- Identify and facilitate bankable water-related projects, with a focus on regional projects.
- Facilitate dialogue on financing between African stakeholders, development partners and the private sector to promote best practices, remove bottlenecks and facilitate regional Water Infrastructure Programs and member initiatives.
- Facilitate greater co-operation (in alignment with African priorities, e.g. African Water Vision 2025, Sharm-El Sheik Declaration) among ICA members, relevant initiatives and partnerships, and other important sources of water infrastructure finance, via regular Water Platform Meetings, support of the AMCOW work plan and matchmaking activities.