Use of Public Private Partnership (3ps) in Africa

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Use of Public Private Partnership (3ps) in Africa

The future of the African continent is oftentimes discussed and controlled principally by those who do not live there, are not familiar with African cultures, and are likely not personally invested in developing the 54 African countries. NGO’s and large international bodies continue to struggle to identify Sub-Saharan African

development strategies and the African people are paying the price most directly. The Swiss based, African-run African Infrastructure Development Partnership (AFIDEP) hopes to change this come October.

AFIDEP is a partnership based for-profit organization that is attempting to address the vast underemployment, underdevelopment, and poverty found in Sub-Saharan Africa through bridging resources between Africa and the rest of the world. By supporting the interaction between African enterprises and European, Asian, and American aspirations, AFIDEP hopes to encourage in particular private-public partnerships (PPPs) and Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) across Sub-Saharan Africa.

These concepts are difficult to define and are still developing concepts; for these reasons, AFIDEP remains committed to being part of this movement forward. Recognizing that infrastructure deficiency lies at the root of many Sub-Saharan economic, political, and societal issues, AFIDEP believes that true progress can be made when the strength of the public and private sectors are brought together. Our approach is meant to bring dignity to Africans and create wealth for all stakeholders including donors who have supported Africa for ages.

Between October 22 and 24, 2015, AFIDEP will hold a conference in Zurich, Switzerland titled “The PPP Initiative 2015”. This conference will be held in the format of a lecture series, forum and workshop for discussion. AFIDEP is bringing several keynote and topic speakers from around the world to discuss the use of PPPs in developing African infrastructure and the African infrastructure deficiency in general.

“The PPP Initiative 2015” will present speakers based in the United States, Japan, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe, representing organisations such as the African Development Bank, the Centre for Research and Development, and AFIDEP’s very own Mr. Dayo Ogunsola. AFIDEP’s speakers were drawn from a variety of backgrounds in order to provide participants a thorough and well-rounded view of the situation. By including private firms, public/NGO ventures, and academic perspectives, guests at “The PPP Initiative 2015” will be able to gather a wealth of knowledge on the use and implementation of PPPs and MOTs, which will ultimately encourage business plans and investment deals that will be presented at the conference as well.

The question many potential partners, guests, and readers may have at the top of their mind is why focus so much on infrastructure, and why, in particular, focus on the public private partnership approach? To address the former, infrastructure lies at the heart of many societal functions. Seeing that infrastructure as a concept can contain a wide variety of projects and ambitions, focusing on infrastructure allows for AFIDEP and the greater international community to focus on one area of expertise while addressing many different issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. Infrastructure encompasses roadways, water piping, water treatment, mining facilities, port facilities, manufacturing plants, electrical plants and services, airport construction, and more. By both increasing the amount of infrastructure available to African countries while also encouraging responsible and sustainable development plans, which leads to why PPP, AFIDEP believes that the global community can begin to stamp out African poverty and underdevelopment.

Keeping the broad nature of infrastructure in mind, the situation can present itself as a double-edged sword. While it is advantageous to focus on a field with so many opportunities, it can be a daunting task to plan, develop, and implement projects with confidence and competency when there are so many possible outcomes. In order to ensure success, AFIDEP posits that PPPs may be an answer to many infrastructure projects. PPPs are also broadly defined and long-term agreements between governments and private sector companies that allow for the planning, financing, implementation, and maintenance of a project.

For example, a private company may present a plan to a government in which they detail their ambition to develop an electrical plant in rural Ghana; the government may then become involved in the process through providing guarantees on return on investment (ROI), for instance, while the private sector remains responsible for the financing and upkeep of the facility. In such a relationship, it is easy to determine that many different arrangements are possible. The benefit to the PPP approach is simple: with mutually assured responsibility, all parties are encouraged to maintain their end of the project while also remaining confident that the other parties are keeping up theirs. PPPs can vary in size and there exists no limitation on what types of bodies can enter into a PPP. At “The PPP Initiative 2015”, participants will learn when PPPs are appropriate, how they are best formulated (is there even a right answer for this question?), strategies for implementation, and perhaps most importantly, will be provided with a forum for discussion and networking.

The AFIDEP conference will offer benefits for all parties: investors, corporations, project owners, government officials, delegates, and more will all gain knowledge, experience, and an expanded network via their participation in “The PPP Initiative 2015”. Simultaneously, the conference will encourage sustainable development that breaks away from the charity model, showcase PPP successes from around the world, provide a platform for businesses and governments to convene, and present available and developing PPP style projects from around the globe. At the closing dinner gala, participants will have one final opportunity to network and speak with the other guests in order to stimulate project proposals and agreements, all while maintaining African sovereignty and dignity.

AFIDEP’s “The PPP Initiative 2015” has begun registration. Whether you are interested in joining our partnership via formal partnership agreements, attending the event as a project owner, investor, official, or business, or helping AFIDEP to spread the word about the conference, there is a place for you in our initiative.

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