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High level online launch of Quality Infrastructure in 21st Century Africa


High level online launch of Quality Infrastructure in 21st Century Africa

Thursday 9 July 2020 14H00 CET


The OECD Development Centre and the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) will release their joint report Quality Infrastructure in 21st Century Africa on the occasion of an online high-level presentation followed by a press conference.


Africa is facing a colossal task to accelerate and scale up quality infrastructure development in view of its demographic trends, its changing economic geography, and the new opportunities created by the African Continental Free Trade Area. The Report identifies bottlenecks and offers recommendations to accelerate and scale up infrastructure development


This joint work has been conducted in the framework of the project ‘Accelerating and Scaling up Quality Infrastructure Investment in Africa in the context of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa 2021-2030.’


Speakers include:

  • H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana (Video address)
  • H. E. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission (AUC)


  • K.Y. Amoako, President, African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET)
  • Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development
    • Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency/New Partnership for Africa’s Developmnet (AUDA/NEPAD)
    • Stefan Oswald, Director of the Marshall Plan with Africa, Migration and Displacement, Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) of Germany

Moderator: Frannie Léautier, Senior Partner, SouthBridge Group


Media contacts for interviews and information requests:


Quality Infrastructure for Africa in the 21st Century will be available in English from 14H00 CET on Thursday 9 July for immediate release.


Requests to register to the online launch or receive the report under embargo should be sent by e-mail to Journalists requesting an electronic version in advance of the release time agree to respect OECD embargo conditions.


Please note: The OECD's embargo rules prohibit any broadcast, news wire service or Internet transmission of text or information about this report before the stated release time. They also prohibit any communication of the contents of the report or any comment on its forecasts or conclusions to any outside party whatsoever before the stated release time. News organisations receiving OECD material under embargo have been informed that if they breach the OECD's embargo rules they will automatically be excluded in the future from receiving embargoed information.

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