15 July 2014 - OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, AfDB President Donald Kaberuka and Professor Paul Collier were amongst distinguished participants taking part in this seminar.
Discussions related to fostering private investment in Africa’s infrastructure have multiplied in recent years. There is widespread recognition that the continent’s infrastructure gap is growing, and that African governments cannot afford to bridge this gap through tax revenues and aid alone. But, although investment opportunities are plentiful, investors are not yet fully seizing them.
In this context, and drawing on experiences from a range of developing countries, this seminar investigated how changes made in policy areas at national, regional and international levels can help generate more and better private investment in Africa’s infrastructure. Particular attention was devoted to three areas of public policy:
Jointly organised with the African Development Bank and the International Growth Centre, this event brought together institutional investors, representatives of host governments (including PPP practitioners), infrastructure utility companies, regional organisations, the international banking sector, and bilateral and multilateral development finance institutions.
This seminar follows on from the Roundtable on Stimulating Private Investment in Infrastructure in Africa and South Asia, hosted by the International Growth Centre in February 2014, where participants sought to clarify the spectrum of risks and the systemic organisational failures that are hampering greater investment flows into these regions’ infrastructure.
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