Since its inception in 2015 PIDA Week has evolved and grown to become the flagship advocacy and marketing event for the PIDA programme and specifically projects in need of financing. The format of the event provides an opportunity to engage and exchange information on PIDA in particular and infrastructure development in general. Going forward, PIDA Week will take into account the mandate of AUDA-NEPAD, and the need to deliver as one and will thus be positioned to deliver value internally and externally by promoting a multi-sectoral ‘corridor approach’ that links all sectors to infrastructure development and stimulates spatial economic development. Further PIDA Week 2019 will:
- Provide a platform to advocate and market PIDA as part of the recommended strong communications strategy to communicate progress on priority PIDA projects and facilitate sharing of lessons and experiences on the implementation of PIDA projects
- Provide a transactional Platform for member states developing PIDA Projects to mobilise resources for project preparation from Project Preparation Facilities, Market Sounding of projects under preparation, showcase projects going into procurement and structuring to developers and
- Showcase spatial economic development opportunities along the PIDA Corridors in Industry, Trade & Commerce, Mining, Agriculture, Health, Education
- Develop and foster linkages with External Stakeholders – As a continental initiative, PIDA provides a common framework for African stakeholders to build the infrastructure necessary to integrate the continent physically, economically and socially, offering opportunities to boost intra-African trade, create new jobs for Africa’s growing population and improving overall socio-economic development on the
In view of AUDA-NEPAD’s mandate, PIDA Week 2019 will take the approach of fostering connections between infrastructure and other AUDA-NEPAD projects and programmes, focusing on issues such as the connections between infrastructure and energy, infrastructure and job creation, infrastructure and Agriculture and Industrialisation, infrastructure and trade/economic integration and Infrastructure and Health and Education. As part of the strategy of cross-linkages with PIDA stakeholders, the 2019 PIDA Week will incorporate the Africa Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR) AGM and annual conference. The event will be hosted by the Government of Egypt under the auspices of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Short Messages by AUC and AUDA-NEPAD
“The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) constitutes a great achievement for Africa since all key stakeholders in infrastructure have merged their priorities into a single continental programme and decided to speak in one voice. Infrastructure forms the backbone of the African economy, having been responsible for more than half of Africa’s recent improved growth performance and with the potential to contribute even more in the future. The opportunity ahead will require us to roll up our sleeves towards action. We need to work towards visible results for PIDA that can impact the lives of Africans. And with every activity going forward we need to focus on unlocking the economic potential of Africans. This will be the opportunity that will drive each of us at the African Union Commission so we can together realize the Africa Union’s Vision and Strategic Plan for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa”.
H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid
Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy
African Union Commission
“’The Africa We Want’ through Agenda 2063 will not be possible without increased investment in infrastructure. If managed prudently and effectively, infrastructure can contribute to creating employment opportunities and reposition the continent to becoming competitive in the global trading environment. Accelerating the development of Africa’s regional infrastructure could be the game changer that will trigger industrialisation and create jobs. It is for this reason that African leaders developed the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) in 2012, as the means for socio-economic growth and intra-African trade.”
Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
Chief Executive Officer
African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
Grand Nile Tower Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
2012 – 2019 © Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa.