Oval – OMFIF: Financing Infrastructure Projects in Africa

16 September 2015 London, UK
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As the African continent becomes a more integrated economic area and a progressively more important force in the global economic system, the Oval Observer Foundation (OOF) in collaboration with Brown Rudnick LLP and Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), is conducting a Half Day Session on Financing Infrastructure Projects in Africa. The session will capitalize upon and satisfy the growing international interest in the continent’s infrastructural potential by bringing together public and private sector bodies to examine issues related to public and private investment in this sector.

Vast majority of the infrastructure projects in Africa are dependent on funding from Government, Aid or Development Finance sources. Whilst this practice is perfectly acceptable, it limits the capacity of any country to narrow the demand-supply gap. Africa is on a growth path and with increasing urbanization it will need access to energy, transport, water, waste-management, roads and other utility services. Some of these sectors such as roads, ports, will require strong Government participation but there are other sectors such as energy, drinking water and waste management where countries can attract significant private sector capital. So how can Global Financing Communities, public and private collaborate to develop a robust framework to accelerate infrastructure financing for Africa?

Oval Observer Foundation in collaboration with Brown Rudnick LLP and OMFIF is delighted to organize two panel sessions focused on infrastructure development in Africa as part of the OMFIF African Public Investors Meeting 2015.

9:00-9:10hrs Welcome Address
Sanmit Ahuja, Vice-Chairman, Oval Observer Foundation
9:10-10:40hrs Panel 1: Enabling and Accelerating BOOT model to create a Private Sector Infrastructure Finance Market
10:40-11:00 hrs Open Q&A
11:00-12:25hrs Panel 2:Supporting growth of Decentralized Infrastructure
12:25-12:40hrs Open Q&A
12:40-12:45hrs Closing Remarks
  • Brian Sturgess, Editor-in-Chief, World Economics
  • John Davie, Chairman, Altra Capital
  • Clive Sheldon, Managing Partner, Argentis Capital
  • SanmitAhuja, Vice-Chairman, Oval Observer Foundation
  • Henry Kikoyo, Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP

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