Investment for development

NEPAD-OECD High-Level Meeting on Advancing Investment Policy Reform in Africa


10-11 December 2008 - Kampala, Uganda



DAY 1: the Annual High-level Meeting brought together ministerial and top-level African actors key to investment policy reform to explore measures to implement concrete plans for sustainably improving countries’ investment climates. It discussed ways to engage the business sector as an agent for development and how comprehensive investment policy reform can best be carried through, taking advantage of Africa’s own peer review process (APRM) and of multilaterally-backed policy tools such as the Policy Framework for Investment.

DAY 2: the Expert Roundtable on investment in transport infrastructure and regional integration drew on experience sharing and best practice to identify the factors that are holding investment back in African countries’ transport sector. The role played by regional integration in overcoming these obstacles and the guidance offered by the OECD Principles for Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure provided two areas of focus. Given East Africa’s vast potential for cross-border growth and the recent concentration of pro-investment policy reforms in the region, regional initiatives in East Africa for improving transport infrastructure were also addressed.

The overall aim of the roundtable was to make the most of best practices that will help NEPAD countries to implement investment policy reforms. In this context, innovative policy papers and country-specific experiences were presented as a springboard for comprehensive dialogue involving high-level political actors, RECs, the private sector, development partners and technical expertise. All sessions were strongly result-oriented, aiming to support concrete investment policy review and reform at a country level.



Annual High-Level Meeting

  • Opening remarks by His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda
  • Opening remarks by Mr. Mario Amano, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
  • Challenges of structuring a productive investment climate: The PFI and SME development, Ross Herbert
  • Update on the Investment Climate Content of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Afeikhena Jerome
  • APRM and Investment Policy Reform, Emmanuel Nnadozie
  • Investment policy reform in Mozambica, Horacio E. Dombo
  • Creating a productive SME environment and the OECD Policy Framework for Investment, Ross Herbert

Expert Roundtable

  • How to increase sound private investment in Africa’s road infrastructure: Building on country successes and OECD policy tools, Carole Biau, Karim Dahou, Toru Homma
  • Overview of regional road infrastructure projects in the East African Community, East African Community
  • Emerging public and sovereign fund investors in Africa’s infrastructure: Challenges and perspectives, OECD Development Centre 
  • Engaging the private sector in African infrastructure, Céline Kauffmann
  • Presentation of Transport Sector activities at the EAC, East African Community
  • Infrastructure consortium for Africa - Update on regional projects, ICA Secretariat
  • Connecting Africa through NEPAD: Regional infrastructure development program, Mike Salawou
    Supporting road infrastructure development to connect Africa: Actions to be taken under the TICAD process and Japan’s initiatives, Hajime Ueda
  • Encouraging Private Investment in Africa’s Road Infrastructure, Karim Dahou
  • Transnational Corporations and the Infrastructure Challenge: An African perspective, Anne Miroux
  • Transnational Corporations and the Infrastructure Challenge - World Investment Report 2008, Anne Miroux
  • Public-Private Partnerships in Africa: Policy and Institutional Challenges, Fred Amonya and Tony Pearce, Fred Amonya and Tony Pearce
  • SWFs & infrastructure investment in Africa: Challenges and perspectives, José Gijón
  • NEPAD Infrastructure Investment Facility (NIIF), Linsey Dyer

Further reading

  • Nnadozie, Emmanuel, Kavezuea Katjomuise, Ralf Krüger. (2007) "NEPAD’s African Peer Review Mechanism and Investment Climate in Africa” in Neuma Grobbelar and Hany Besada (eds.), University of Witswatersrand, South Africa, Unlocking Africa’s Potential: The role of corporate South Africa in strengthening Africa's private sector, Business in Africa handbook, pp. 169-200.
  • Jill Wells and John Hawkins. (2008), Increasing local content in the procurement of infrastructure projects in low income countries
  • Matthew Lynch, A systematic approach to project social risk & opportunity management


Event organisation

From the NEPAD secretariat:
Mr Victor Mathale, Advisor
Tel: +27 (11) 313 3384
Fax +27 (11) 313 3583

From the OECD secretariat:
Mr Karim Dahou
Executive Programme Manager
Investment Division
Tel: +33 1 45 24 19 38

Mr Toru Homma
Project Manager
Investment Division
Tel: +33 1 45 24 84 48

Mr. Ralph Maloumby
Investment Division
Tel: +33 1 45 24 17 81

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