You are here

PIDA Week, 13-17 November 2015

PIDA Week Tab

PIDA Week - Day 1

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 09:00 to 18:00

09:00- 13:00 - PIDA Steering Committee (Closed)

Co-Chair:

  • Mr. Aboubakari Baba-Moussa, Director for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

  • Mr. Symerre Grey-Johnson, Head of Infrastructure Strategic Business Unit, NEPAD Agency

Objective:

This Internal meeting of the PIDA stakeholders will consider the PIDA PAP implementation progress report with the objective to identify the main challenges that hamper proper implementation of the PIDA PAP. In addition to project implementation on ground, the report will highlight the progress on the capacity building project, the resource mobilization, the M&E system and the Infrastructure Database.

The expected result of the meeting is to select key recommendations to be forwarded to the Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG) for endorsement.

Opening Remarks:

  1. H.E Mr. Patrick Achi, Minister of Economic Infrastructure, Côte d’Ivoire
  2. Mr. Aboubakari Baba-Moussa, Director of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  3. Mr. Symerre Grey-Johnson, Head of Infrastructure Strategic Business Unit, NEPAD Agency
  4. Ms. Moono Mopolota, Head of NEPAD Regional Integration and Trade Department, African Development Bank
  5. Partners

Participants:

  1. African Union Commission
  2. NEPAD Agency
  3. African Development Bank
  4. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  5. Regional Economic Communities: ECOWAS, SADC, COMESA, ECCAS, EAC, IGAD, UMA, CEN-SAD
  6. European Union, GIZ

Room: 1H

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00- 17:30 Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG) (Closed)

Chair:

  • H.E. Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Objective

The summary of implementations progress report of the PIDA PAP prepared by the Steering Committee will be presented with a focus on the key recommendations aiming at facilitating and accelerating the implementation of PIDA PAP projects.

As advisor for Infrastructure matters in particular for the PIDA Implementation the participants will comment and adopt the recommendations including, if needed, any other additional recommendations.

Opening Remarks:

  1. Mr. Solomon Asamoah, Vice President, African Development Bank
  2. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Agency

Participants:

  1. Director of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  2. Head of Infrastructure Services Business Unit, NEPAD Agency
  3. Director in charge of Infrastructure, African Development Bank
  4. Director in charge of infrastructure, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  5. Directors of Infrastructure from the RECs
  6. Regional Regulatory Bodies/Associations
  7. Regional Development Banks
  8. Specialized Institutions (Power pools, African, APUA, AFREC, AFUR, Telecommunications Union, African Union of Railways, etc…)
  9. Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative

Room: 1G

17:00- 18:00 Media Briefing (By Invitation Only)

Chair: 

  • Mr. Aboubakari Baba-Moussa, Director of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Objective:

Briefing on PIDA Week and the media involvement in the sessions of the event.

Opening Remarks:

  1. Mrs. Wynne Musabayana, Deputy Head of Information and Communication, African Union Commission
  2. Ricardo Dunn, Head of Communications, NEPAD Agency

Participants:

  1. PIDA Journalists Network Members
  2. Invited Media

Room: 1H

PIDA Week - Day 2

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 09:00 to 21:00

9:00- 11:00 PIDA Site Visit along Abidjan-Lagos Corridor (Limited)

The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor is a PIDA Flagship project. It covers a total distance of 1,028km and connects some of the largest and economically most dynamic cities in West Africa, namely Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou, Lagos and Lomé. The Corridor also links very vibrant sea ports, serving all the landlocked countries in the region, thus facilitating intra- and inter-regional trade. It is in recognition of the importance of this section of road that the Presidents of the five project countries agreed to work towards the construction of the 2x3 lane Highway from Abidjan to Lagos. Following this agreement, the Corridor was selected to be the pilot project of the so-called PIDA Service Delivery Mechanism (PIDA SDM) to receive technical assistance for early-stage project preparation to advance the project to feasibility.

The Project Site Visit shall give participants the possibility to actually see and feel a PIDA project and its advancing implementation on the ground. The bus leaves the AfDB premises at 9am and drives along the corridor to Bassam which is about 45 minutes away from Abidjan. At Bassam there will be a short stop and a presentation before the participants return back to Abidjan. Several presentations and explanations on the project will be given by the Infrastructure Ministry of Cote d’Ivoire, the Organization of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor (OCAL) and the ECOWAS Commission.

Participants:

  1. African Union Commission
  2. NEPAD Agency
  3. African Development Bank
  4. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  5. Regional Economic Communities: ECOWAS, SADC, COMESA, ECCAS, EAC, IGAD, UMA, CEN-SAD
  6. ​Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization (ALCO)
  7. Ministry of Economic Infrastructure of Cote d'Ivore
  8. PIDA partners such as European Union, Germany, etc
  9. Media including PIDA Journalist Network
  10. Private sector representatives

Remarks: The number of participants is limited. If you wish to participate to the site visit kindly send an email to Mr. Cheikh Diakhate at diakhatec@africa-union.org who shall confirm your participation.

13:00- 14:00 Lunch

14:00- 15:30 Panel on PIDA’s impact on the Implementation of the agenda 2063 Aspirations (Open to All)

Chair:

Mr. Ebrime NJIE, Commissioner for Infrastructure, ECOWAS Commission

Objective:

Panel discussion will be held on the socio-economic and ecological impact of PIDA notably contribution to the attainment of the Agenda 2063 aspirations. An introductory presentation will be made by the Director of SPPMERM followed by contribution of each panelist and discussions and a question-answer session will be held with the participants.

Panelists:

  1. Mr. Aboubakari Baba-Moussa, Director of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  2. Prof. Tandeka Nkiwane, Special advisor to the CEO, NEPAD Agency
  3. Director of SPPMERM, African Union Commission
  4. Mr. Reiaz Moe Shaik - Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Group Executive: International Finance
  5. Dr. Alioun Sall - TBC
  6. Yasushi Naito, former JICA Snr Official – TBC

Participants:

  1. All PIDA Week invitees
  2. Media, Representatives of Companies involved in Infrastructure, CBN Members, Acamdemia(Researchers and students), Civil Society(NGOs), Partners

Room: Auditorium 

16:00- 17:30 NEPAD IPPF: Bridging Infrastructure Financing Gap through prepared projects (By Invitation Only)

Chair:

Mr. Shem Simuyemba, Chief Infrastructure Economist, African Development Bank

Objective:

To identify opportunities for accelerating well prepared infrastructure projects to attract financing

Speakers:

  1. Projects Sponsors
  2. Lida Fitts, USTDA
  3. Mohale Rakgate, General Manager, Project Preparation, DBSA
  4. Mtchera Chirwa, Chief PPP and Infrastructure Specialist, AfDB

Participants:

  1. African Union Commission
  2. NEPAD Agency
  3. African Development Bank
  4. NEPAD IPPF
  5. UNECA
  6. USTDA
  7. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
  8. World Bank PPIAF
  9. Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  10. Specialized Infrastructure Institutions (Power pools, etc.)
  11. Development Partners

Room: 1H

19:00- 21:00 PIDA Week Launching Cocktail (Open to All) 

Ceremonial Opening of the PIDA Week including PIDA Exhibition, Presentation on “PIDA and its current state of implementation: What have we achieved, where our challenges are?”

Welcome Remarks:

  • Mr. Solomon Asamoah, Vice President, African Development Bank

PIDA Week - Day 3

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 10:00 to 21:00

13:00- 14:00 Lunch

14:00- 17:00 Innovative Funding Initiatives for the Power Sector in Africa (Open to All)

Chair:

  • Mr. Ibhamina Thiam, Former President of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA)

Objective:

This session will focus on recent best practices of innovative financing initiatives and implementation of projects that could transform the African power sector in near future. These innovative initiatives include: (i) The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility hosted and managed by the African Union Commission aiming at reducing the risk associated with geothermal resource exploration and costs at early stage; (ii) the Ruzizi III financing and development IPP model; (iii) the financing of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam partially with domestic resources; (iv) the Kaleta hydropower project fast implementation in around three years due to innovative financing mechanism and (iv) the case of the West Africa Power transmission line Cote d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea.

The session will also discuss: (i) the increasing need for exchange and coordination across the growing number of initiatives and programs in the sector: in this regard a mapping report was discussed at SAIREC in Cape Town and inputs provided; (ii) the AfDB President Initiative of New Deal on Energy for Africa launched in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 17th September 2015 and (iii) the progress on Africa Power Vision implementation.

Panelists:

  1. Mr. Philippe Niyongabo, Head of Energy Division, African Union Commission
  2. Pr. El Missiry Mosad, Snr. Advisor to CEO on Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiatives, NEPAD Agency
  3. Mr. Alex Rugamba, AfDB
  4. Mr Didier Tella, DG APUA
  5. Representative of Energie des Grands Lacs
  6. Representative of EEPCo (Ethiopia)
  7. Representative of West Africa Power Pool
  8. Representative of Electricity of Guinea

Participants:

  • All PIDA Week invitees

Room: Auditorium

14:00- 17:00 Review of the transport programs of the PIDA-PAP (Open to All)

Chair:

  • Mr. David Kajange, Head of Transport Division, African Union Commission

Objective

This session will review the situation of the 24 programs retained in the PIDA-PAP for the transport sector. After a brief introduction on these programs, each REC will present the PIDA-PAP projects/activities already conducted, on-going and planed in their regions. The session will then review the overall level of implementation of the PIDA-PAP consolidate the actions already realized and propose next steps. This review will be conducted by category of programs that can be split under the following 7 groups: (i) four continental programs, (ii) nine road and OSBP programs along key corridors, (iii) four programs dealing with ports and rails projects, (iv) two regional air transport projects, (v) two rail road programs, (vi) one river/road program and (vii) one rail program. For each group of programs, the session will review the overall and specific objectives, the expected results, the project challenges, the recommended next steps and the funding requirement as proposed in the PIDA-PAP program. The discussion will aim at up-dating the recommendation of the PIDA program and proposing a set of future actions to speed-up the implementation of the PIDA PAP. The Specialized Institutions and Agencies (AFCAC, Corridor authorities, Regional ports associations, UAR, CICOS…) are invited to contribute during the discussion.

Panelists:

  1. Dr. Maurice Niaty-Mouamba
  2. ​Mr. Adama Deen, Snr. Advisor to CEO on Strategic Infrastructure Initiatives, NEPAD Agency
  3. Representative from Tripartite ECA-COMESA-SADC 
  4. Representative from ECOWAS
  5. Representative from ECCAS
  6. Representative from UMA
  7. Representative from AFCAC
  8. Representative from MOWCA

Participants:

  • All PIDA Week invitees

Room: Auditorium

17:30- 19:00 Panel Discussion on "PIDA Creating Jobs for Africa’s Youth" (Open to All)

Chair:

  • Prof. Costantinos Berhutesfa Costantinos, Professor of Public Policy, School of Graduate Studies, College of Management, Information and Economic Sciences, Addis Ababa University

Objective:

One of the major challenges for the African continent in the upcoming years and decades will be to absorb the ever growing young population by sustainably creating new jobs. According to the World Bank, Africa’s working age population has recently been growing by 13 million or 2.7% every year. This high-level panel discussion will highlight the importance of interconnected and reliable infrastructure services for an industrialized and service-oriented Africa that provides enough job opportunities for its growing youth. Furthermore, the panel shall debate on how infrastructure development should be steered and implemented to best serve the purpose of job creation. The panel also discusses the design of the right policies to leverage Africa‘s demographic dividend, combined with regional development programs supported by the PIDA continental framework, to be catalyst to Africa’s transformation.

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Agency
  2. Prof. Ahmadou Aly Mbaye, Doyen and Professor of Economic Science and Management, Cheikh Anta Diop University Dakar
  3. Moe Shaik, Group Executive Manager, International Financing, DBSA
  4. Yofi Grant, non-Executive Director of Databank Brokerage Ltd., Databank Private Equity Ltd and Databank Financial Services Ltd.

Participants:

  • All PIDA Week invitees

Room: Auditorium

19:00- 20:00 Cocktail reception (Open to All)

Offered by GIZ

​Room: AfDB Dinning Area

19:00- 21:00 High Level Dinner on Africa50 Fund (Closed)

Participants:

  1. H.E. Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  2. H.E. Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
  3. Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Agency
  4. President of the Africa50 Fund
  5. Other VIPs

Room: Sofitel Hotel, Abidjan

PIDA Week Day 4

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 08:30 to 21:00

09:00- 11:00     Council for Infrastructure Development (CID) (Closed)

Chair:

H.E. Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Objective:

The NPCA CEO will present the summary of the PIDA PAP implementation progress report to the participants. Key recommendations aiming at unlocking barriers and accelerating the implementation of projects will be highlighted as way forward.

After discussions, the participants will adopt recommendations to be forwarded to the Ministerial Follow Up Committee and the NEPAD Head of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) for necessary actions.

Opening Remarks: 

  1. Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group
  2. H.E. Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission 

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Agency
  2. Moe Shaik, Group Executive Manager, International Financing, DBSA

Participants:

  1. Chairperson of the African Union Commission
  2. Ministers, Presidents of Bureau of the Special Technical Committees (STC) in charge of Infrastructure and Energy
  3. President of African Development Bank
  4. Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  5. CEOs of Regional Economic Communities
  6. CEO of NEPAD Agency
  7. Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  8. Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission

Room: 2H

08:30- 18:30     Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) Members Meeting (By Invitation) (cf. ICA Agenda)

Room: 1G

09:00- 12:30     ICA Project Preparation Facilities Network (PPFN) Meeting (Opened to All) (cf. ICA Agenda)

Room: 1H

12:30- 14:00     Panel on Gender and Infrastructure Development (Open to all)

Chair:

Representative of the Office of the Special Envoy on Gender from the African Development Bank

Objective:

The session provides a space within the PIDA week to facilitate an informed discussion on how to maximize the contribution that regional infrastructure can make to equitable and inclusive growth and development across Africa.

Panelists: 

  1. Dr Julie Babinard, Transport Sector Gender Focal Point, World Bank (tbc)
  2. Ms. Uzma Hoque, Senior Gender Specialist, Asian Development Bank (tbc)
  3. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Special Envoy for Gender, African Development Bank
  4. Mr Makambwe, Chair, Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association
  5. Prof Bitange Ndemo, Chair of ICT, University of Nairobi Business School
  6. Mr M. Kappiah, Managing Director, ECOWAS Centre for Energy Efficiency

Participants:

All PIDA Week invitees

Room: 2H

19:00- 21:00      Cocktail (Open to all)

Offered by the African Development Bank

Participants:

  • All PIDA Week invitees

Room: AfDB Dinning Area

PIDA Week - Day 5

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 09:00 to 19:30

9:00- 17:00 Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) Plenary Meeting (Open to All))

18:30- 19:30 Closing Session and Final Press Conference (By Invitation Only)

Chair:

  • Mrs. Wynne Musabayana, Deputy Head of Information and Communication, African Union Commission

Objective:

Presentation of concrete outcomes of PIDA Week and summary of the week given by journalists

Speakers:

  1. H.E. Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  2. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Agency

Participants:

  • All PIDA Week invitees

Room: Auditorium

18:30- 19:30 Closing Cocktail offered by ICA (Open to all)

Room: AfDB Dinning Area