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Policy Dialogue on Facilitating the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)

December 19 - December 22

Despite the significant progress made in the implementation of the PIDA PAP, there is still an urgent need to continue engaging with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the accelerated delivery of regional and continental infrastructure.

Some of the major pre-requisites for the continued success and acceleration of PIDA implementation include harmonisation of regional policies between RECs, coordination of stakeholders, creation of enabling policy and financial environment to facilitate private infrastructure investments, projects preparation to prepare projects for possible private financing and resource mobilisation from the domestic and international private sectors, amongst others.

The continental PIDA implementing partners – the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) – are organising a Policy Dialogue to develop strategies for better coordination and harmonisation of efforts and commitments. Special emphasis will be made the contribution these regional infrastructure to unlocking access to remote areas by providing integrate infrastructure services. The theme of the conference is: Regional and Continental infrastructure to unlock access to rural areas in Africa.

Objective

The main objective of the Policy Dialogue is to provide a platform for PIDA stakeholders to create synergies between the different implementation institutions, regional and continental and other stakeholders.

Specifically, the dialogue aims to:

  • Achieve a consensus on enhanced coordination and harmonisation of efforts amongst all the stakeholders and minimise duplication;
  • Identify key policy and regulatory frameworks that will facilitate and accelerate the delivery of PIDA projects;
  • Share experiences from successful projects that could be replicated in other planned and on-going projects;
  • Propose strategies for creating an enabling policy and financing environment for private sector engagement, funds mobilisation and implementation of infrastructure projects.
  • Provide recommendations in the strategy for Integrated Infrastructure Development for Rural and Remote Areas covering all the key infrastructure components;
  • Contribute to the continental policy framework for rural infrastructure development that the regional institutions and African countries could implement;
  • Provide input on the establishment of the China Africa Energy Cooperation Center as of the recommendation of the FOCAC Summit (Beijing 2018);
  • Recommendations on the mandate, functions/programmes, operation modalities, budget and source of funding of the China Africa Energy Cooperation Center;
  • Review of the AU/NEPAD tourism Action Plan and recommendations on the competiveness and environmental protection strategies
  • Mobilise and leverage existing national, continental and international initiatives and instruments to promote, support and finance integrated development of rural and remote areas;
  • Proposal of 5 pilot projects in unlocking access to remote areas.
Expected Outcome

The expected outcomes from the Dialogue include:

  • Enhanced coordination and harmonisation of efforts among PIDA stakeholders;
  • Enhanced understanding of domestic and international funds mobilisation strategies for projects preparation and implementation;
  • Improved understanding and challenges faced in the implementation of PIDA projects;
  • Proposed strategies for creating an enabling policy and financing environment for the implementation of PIDA projects;
  • Best-practices and opportunities exchanged amongst PIDA stakeholders
  • Proposed strategies and policy framework to provide integrated infrastructure services to remote areas in Africa;
  • Recommendations on the mandate, functions/programmes, operation modalities, budget and source of funding of the China Africa Energy Cooperation Center;
  • Review of the AU/NEPAD tourism Action Plan and recommendations on the competiveness and environmental protection strategies
  • Recommendations on the mandate, functions/programmes, operation modalities, budget and source of funding of the China Africa Energy Cooperation Center;

 

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