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Overcoming Africa's Infrastructure Development Constraints: Lessons from Chile's Public-Private Partnership Experience

Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 14:30 - 16:45

LOCATION:

African Union Conference Room
1640 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
 
 
The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa & African Union Mission to the U.S.A 
Overcoming Africa's Infrastructure Development Constraints:
Lessons from Chile's Public-Private Partnership Experience
 
The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and the African Union Mission (Washington DC Office) co-hosted a special briefing for members of the African Diplomatic Corps in Washington D.C. by the Hon. Sergio Bitar, Chile's former Minister of Public Works. 
 

Infrastructure development is a major priority in Africa. Limited access to energy, water and good transportation is constraining economic growth and poverty reduction, and keeping high the cost of doing business. Several countries in Latin America and Asia have used public-private partnerships (PPPs) to mobilize additional infrastructure financing, expertise, and built momentum for accelerating infrastructure development. One of the most successful countries in the world to apply such PPPs for infrastructure development is Chile. Hon. Bitar managed Chile’s strong institutional, policy and human capacity for PPPs that allowed the country to attract significant private finance to modernize its infrastructure. He shared useful lessons for African countries.

 
 

 

Agenda


2:30 PM - Welcome Remarks:
- Ms. Seraphine Manirambona, Policy Officer - AU Mission to the USA
 
2:35 PM - Introductory Remarks:
- Peter McPherson, Board Chair - Partnership to Cut Hunger & Poverty in Africa & former USAID Administrator
- H.E. Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile to the United States
 
2:45 PM - Keynote Remarks:
- Hon. Sergio Bitar, Former Minister of Public Works - Chile: "Foundations for Successful Infrastructure PPPs: Lessons from Two-Decades of Chile’s Experience" [PRESENTATION] [Paper to G20: Infrastructure & Development: A New Era for International Cooperation]
 
- Discussants:
- Doug Tinsler, Board Member, Partnership to Cut Hunger & Poverty in Africa
-Amadou Sy, Director, Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution [PRESENTATION]
- Hajime Takeuchi, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), US Office [PRESENTATION]
 
4:15 PM - Q & A: Discussions with African Ambassadors [Q&A Video]
 
4:45 PM – Adjournment
 
Moderated by Daniel Karanja, Executive Director- Partnership to Cut Hunger & Poverty in Africa
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