First Year Results Presented at ICA’s Berlin Meeting - January 2007

24 January 2007

The 3rd Senior Level meeting of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) took place in Berlin from 17 to 18 January 2007. At the outset of the German Presidency of the G8, the meeting was hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The meeting was attended by senior representatives of the G8 responsible for infrastructure-related programmes in Africa, multilateral agencies and key African institutions. China participated as an observer for the first time.

The agenda included two days of debates on critical themes linked to the need to scale up donor support to the development of much-needed infrastructure in Africa , and on making existing infrastructure more effective. In recognition of the importance of road transport to increasing intra-country trade and growth, a specific half-day discussion was held on that theme.

Participants reviewed the progress of the Consortium in its first year of operation. A key outcome is that the volume of new commitments by ICA members increased between 2005 and 2006, by some 10% on an Africa-wide basis. These conclusions emerge from the results of the survey carried out by the ICA Secretariat in December 2006.

There was considerable interest from ICA members on the need for a capacity building initiative in the area of infrastructure targeting the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the African Union Commission (AUC). Work on the design of the initiative has started and the overall objective will be to fill some of the implementation delivery gaps in accordance with the agreed roles and responsibilities of the different actors.

Documents and presentations

Day 1

Session 1: Outcomes 

Session 2: Scaling up 

Session 3: Chinese support to African infrastructure 

Session 4: Cross-cutting issues 

Session 5: Capacity building for Regional Economic Communities 

Day 2

Session 1: Road transport development in Africa 

Session 2: PPP packaging and engaging with the private sector 

Session 3: Adoption of the ICA work plan for 2007 

  • Opens internal link in current windowProposed work programme for 2007

Additional material 

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