25-27 May 2005, Entebbe, Uganda
Organised in the context of the NEPAD/OECD Africa Investment Initiative and hosted by the Government of Uganda, the NEPAD/OECD Investment Policy Roundtable entitled Investment for African Development: Making it Happen took place on 25-27 May 2005 in Entebbe, Uganda.
The Roundtable focused on investment policy, including measures to enhance national investment climates and attract investors, with discussions focusing on two specific issues:
the regulatory environment for foreign direct investment in African countries; and
the experiences with, and the prospects for, private participation in infrastructure and the utilities sectors.
The Roundtable aimed to initiate a process leading to increased private sector participation in two selected sectors, namely transport infrastructure and telecommunications. Participants were invited to discuss benchmarks for future self-evaluation and reporting of progress in the areas under consideration.
NEPAD and OECD will be jointly working toward establishing a framework for sharing information and enhancing transparency for purposes of building public-private coalitions and removing unnecessary obstacles to private investment.
Back-to-back with the Roundtable, on 26 May, a regional consultation with African stakeholders on the Policy Framework for Investment – developed as part of the OECD Initiative on Investment for Development and launched in 2003 in Johannesburg – was organised. Discussions focused on corporate governance practices and their relevance for the investment climate.
Session 1 – Investment for development: the main challenges
Session 2 – The regulatory environment for international investment in Africa: statutory rules and regulation
Session 3 – Beyond FDI regulation: Policies bearing on the investment climate
Session 4 – Enhancing the investment climate: a role for both the public and the private sector
Session 5 – Private participation in infrastructure
OECD - Mr. Hans Christiansen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NEPAD Secretariat - Mr. Sudir Chuckun (email@example.com)
Uganda Investment Authority - Dr. Maggie Kigozi (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Mr. Issa Mukasa (email@example.com)