AUC Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Hosts 6th PIDA Week

* Full Programme


By Olawale Rasheed

The New Partnership for African Development, the African Union strategic Infrastructure vehicle commences its 6th Week activities from Monday 18th to 21st of January with a focus on ‘new decade, new realities, new priorities – positioning PIDA and infrastructure development in Africa’s continued growth and economic recovery’


1. Background

The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) is the African Union’s (AU) strategic framework for regional and continental infrastructure development, guiding the continental infrastructure development agenda, policies, and investment priorities. It provides a framework for engagement with Africa’s development partners on the provision of regional and continental infrastructure, and facilitates the physical, economic and social integration of the continent in support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).


PIDA brings together continental infrastructure initiatives and regional master plans into one coherent infrastructure investment programme with an implementation strategy and portfolio of projects for prioritised implementation, the PIDA Priority Action Plan (PIDA- PAP). PIDA- PAP covers the four key infrastructure sectors of transport, energy, ICT and transboundary water resources, and the first iteration of the PIDA- PAP (PIDA-PAP 1) comprised more than 400 projects in 51 cross-border programmes for implementation until the end of 2020.

While progress is being recorded in PIDA implementation, there are numerous challenges affecting the pace of implementation, such as the lack of finance; lack of capacity for project preparation; limited involvement of the private sector in infrastructure projects; and the need to address governance issues and create an enabling legal, policy and regulatory environment, amongst others.


PIDA Week was inaugurated in 2015 as a forum to bring together key stakeholders in the implementation of the PIDA programme. It provides an opportunity for stakeholders to review and reflect on progress in the implementation of the programme; discuss ways to overcome the key challenges and advance possible solutions; share lessons learnt and identify ways to improve implementation.

The first PIDA Week was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire under the theme “Accelerating Infrastructure Implementation for Africa’s Integration”. The second event in 2016 focused on job creation and was themed “Creating Jobs through Regional Infrastructure Development”. The Third PIDA Week (2017) maintained the emphasis on job creation and economic transformation through its theme, “Regional Infrastructure Development for Job Creation and Economic Transformation”. The Fourth PIDA Week in 2018 focused on “Realising Africa’s Integration through Smart Infrastructure and Good Governance”, while in 2019 the Fifth PIDA Week in Cairo, Egypt, was convened under the theme, “Positioning Africa to deliver on Agenda 2063 and Economic Integration through multi – sectoral approaches to infrastructure development”.

PIDA Week has since progressed into a critical forum for accelerating infrastructure implementation in Africa, but also to link infrastructure to the key themes of development of regional integration, transformative economic growth and job creation.

2. Value Proposition

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. PIDA Week also takes into account the mandate of AUDA-NEPAD for program delivery across various sectors underpinned by infrastructure and is 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.


As in past years, the 6th PIDA Week will:

a) 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
b) 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 continent and provide requisite infrastructure and environment to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA.


The 6th PIDA Week 2020 will be a virtual event with the theme “New decade, new realities, new priorities
– positioning PIDA and infrastructure development in Africa’s continued growth and economic recovery”1


3. 6th PIDA Week


3.1. Overview

PIDA Week takes place amidst the backdrop of global economic and social uncertainty. Even before the COVID 19 pandemic, prospects of economic growth on the continent were uncertain, with most countries struggling to achieve growth. With the expected negative impact on Government funding arising from the threat of a sustained downturn in economic activity and revenue collection, spending on infrastructure is likely to diminish significantly in the short- to medium-term. Over the medium-term, governments are likely to view infrastructure as a major stimulus mechanism for economic recovery and growth. The impact on cross-border trade has also been affected with member states shutting down borders and, in some cases, applying trade restrictions that have affected supply chains inbound and outbound with the regions recording trade deficit in volumes, exposing Africa’s overdependence on external supply chains.

PIDA Week aims to bring together international and regional expertise from multiple stakeholders to deliberate on the issues around infrastructure delivery in Africa, and, those related to PIDA. It will focus on how Africa can lead the way in the delivery of infrastructure in a post-COVID era, supporting the economic and social imperatives of the continent in the digital age. It is also coming at a pivotal moment in the history of PIDA, when the programme is transitioning from the first phase (PIDA PAP I)to the second phase (PIDA PAP II), which will be launched during the AU Head of States summit in January 2021 to 2030.

In addition to the typical issues impacting on infrastructure delivery on the continent, PIDA Week will consider thematic issues such as:
● Infrastructure priorities in the PIDA PAP II
● Post-COVID 19 infrastructure financing, delivery and resilience
● The critical role of infrastructure for the economy for the implementation of AfCFTA
● COVID-19 impact of reduced economic growth and changes in investment and exports patterns on the continent

● The likely transformation in demand for and consumption of transport, energy, ICT and social infrastructure.

3.2. Objectives
The main objectives of PIDA Week are to:
● Provide a platform to showcase and deliberate on inclusiveness in infrastructure development in Africa through the PIDA Integrated Corridor Development Approach
● Showcase progress made in the implementation of PIDA projects and related initiatives and share lessons and experiences on the implementation of PIDA projects


● Provide an opportunity for project owners and stakeholders to network, mobilise resources for proposed and ongoing projects, address crucial issues around policy and project enabling environment, hence accelerating project implementation

● Showcase possible economic development opportunities along the PIDA Corridors as presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in various sectors as a necessary tool for continental integration towards boosting intra-African trade, job creation and economic development on the continent

As has been the case in previous events, stakeholders will be invited to hold parallel events linking to PIDA Week.

3.3. Outcomes
The anticipated outcomes from the PIDA Week are :


i. Provide a platform for advocacy of implementation of priority PIDA Projects as part of an enhanced communications strategy to act as a catalyst for Africa to attain and deepen Economic Integration and the relevant targets set under Agenda 2063.

ii. Mobilise resources for project preparation is conduct market sounding for more advance projects
iii. Facilitate cross sectoral linkages to continental Infrastructure Projects and facilitate sharing lessons and experiences on the implementation of PIDA projects.
iv. Promote private sector participation in PIDA and provide a marketplace to showcase PIDA Projects

4. PIDA Week Programme and Structure

4.1. Conference duration and structure
PIDA Week will be delivered virtually using Zoom meetings for parallel sessions and Zoom webinars for plenary sessions spread over 4 days

The first day is reserved for parallel events while the official opening and high-level roundtable will take place on the second day. Parallel breakout sessions will be organised in the morning of day 3 with plenary sessions thereafter. Considering that the event will be virtual with participants spread across multiple timezones, the daily duration of sessions will be between 10:00 and 18:00 SAST. (( GMT+2 )

4.2. Programme Outline
The general outline is as follows:
● Day 1 (Monday 18th January)
• All day: Parallel sessions
● Day 2 (Tuesday 19th January)
• Morning: Parallel sessions
• Afternoon: Plenary sessions for official opening, presentation of PIDA 2020 report, High level panel on PIDA Week theme
● Day 3 (Wednesday 20th January)
• All day – Plenary sessions focusing on PIDA PAP II


● Day 4 (Thursday 21st January)
• Morning: Plenary sessions focusing on gender and job creation; report-back session on key outcomes and recommendations
• Afternoon: Plenary sessions for presentation of communique, official closing


The detailed programme is available on the PIDA Week website https://www.au-pida.org/pw2020/

4.3. Target Audience

PIDA Week targets the participation of key stakeholders in infrastructure and related thematic areas including:
• AU Member states
• Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
• Regional Power Pools (RPPs)
• Regional Centres for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEs)
• European Union
• Africa Development Bank (AfDB0
• United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
• Africa Renewable Energy Initiatives (AREI)
• The African Energy Commission (AFREC)
• PIDA Project owners
• AFUR members
• Project developers
• Government officials
• National and Regional Development Banks, Private Equity & Debt investors
• Project Preparation Funds
• Law firms, Advisory and Auditing Firms • Institutional Investors: Pension Funds, Insurance Companies, Commercial Banks, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds & Sovereign
Wealth Funds, Guarantee and Risk
Mitigation Instrument Providers
• Public Private Partnership Units

• Investors, Business Executives & Entrepreneurs
• Multilaterals & Development Finance Institutions
• Regional Economic Communities &
Institutions
• Utilities and Regulatory Bodies
• Industry Sector Specialists
• Media
• Logistics / Supply Chain Companies
• Academic & Research Bodies
• Civil Society
• Allied Industries (Cement, Iron, Steel Producers, Construction Companies)
• International Development Partners

4.4. Outputs

The key outcomes from the proceedings of the conference will be captured in a PIDA Week Report that will contain observations and recommendations. It will also produce a ‘think-piece’ to be shared with participants on general issues arising from the PIDA Week.

A PIDA Week Communique will be drafted under the leadership of the AUDA-NEPAD, submitted for consultations during the conference, and presented at the closing plenary for adoption.

5. Dates and Venue
The 6th PIDA Week will be a virtual event hosted from South Africa and will take place from January 1821, 2021.

Full Programme

DAY 0: Monday 18th January, 2021

18TH JANUARY 10:00-11:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE

CBN Virtual Breakfast

Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD

Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster and Author

Opening Remarks:

• H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO AUDA-NEPAD

• H.E. Ambassador Mrs. Birgitte MARKUSSEN, Head of the EU Delegation to the African Union • Mr. Hubert Danso, Chairperson, CBN Council, CEO-Africa Investor Presentation:
• Mr. Ibrahim Gourouza, Head, Private Sector Engagement, AUDA-NEPAD Panel Discussion:
• Mr. Ibrah Wahabou, Lead-Private Sector Development & Infrastructure Project Preparation, AUDANEPAD
• Mr. Mohan Vivekanandan, Group Executive: Origination & Coverage, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
• Mr. Robert Lisinge, Chief, Energy, Infrastructure and Services Section, UNECA
• Mr. Bonga Masoka, Founder and Chief Executive at Splash Coatings Afrika
• Mr. Hubert Danso, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Investor (Ai) and Chairperson of the Continental Business Network Council, CBN Concluding Remarks:
• H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO AUDA-NEPAD

18TH JANUARY 10:00-11:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
Mobilising resources for PIDA Water Projects
Organizer: GWP/AUDA-NEPAD Moderator: Dr. Loreen Katiyo
Speakers:
• Welcome: Mr. Alex Simalabwi, Executive Secretary of GWPSA and Head of GWP Africa Coordination Unit
• Opening Statement: Mr. Amine Idriss Adoum, Director Programme Delivery and Coordination, AUDA-NEPAD
Presentation:
• Dr. Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Head, Economic Integration (a.i) AUDA-NEPAD
• Mr. Alex Simalabwi, Executive Secretary of GWPSA and Head of GWP Africa Coordination Unit
• Mr. Graham Chingambu, Fund Manager, SADC Water Fund, DBSA Case study:
• Mr. Lenka Thamae, Executive Secretary, ORASECOM Closing remarks:
• Dr. Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Head, Economic Integration (a.i) , AUDA-NEPAD

18TH JANUARY 10:00-11:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
Africa Single Electricity Market – Evolution and Progress of AfSEM and CMP
Organizer: AUC-AUDA-/EU-EU TAF Moderator: Mr. Atef Marzouk
Speakers:
• Mr. Atef Marzouk, Head of Energy Division, AUC-DIE
• Dr. Dimitris Papastefanakis, Coordinator and leading key expert in the EU TAF team
• Mr. Nijaz Dizdarevic, NKE10, Senior Power Systems Engineer
18TH JANUARY 11:30 – 12:00 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
18TH JANUARY 12:00 – 13:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
The Luxembourg Rail Protocol: A new Rail Rolling Stock Financing Tool
Organizer: UNECA
Moderator: Mr. Robert Lisinge, Chief, Energy, Infrastructure and Services Section, UNECA
Speakers:
• Mr. Howard Rosen/ Chairman
• Mr. Soteri Gatera / Lead Infrastructure Expert, UN ECA
• Ms. Mesela Nhlapo /CEO, Road and Rail Association of South Africa • CEO, Transnet: South Africa
18TH JANUARY 12:00 – 13:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
The PIDA Quality Label: linking PPFs to projects
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD,GIZ Moderator: Dr. Morgan Pillay
Speakers:
• Mr. Ibrah Wahabou, Lead-Private Sector Development & Infrastructure Project Preparation, AUDANEPAD
• Mr. Joan Miquel Vilardell
• Ms. Elsabeth Tesfayohannes Tedros, Principal Programme Officer – Infrastructure Finance and Project Preparation, AUDA-NEPAD
18TH JANUARY 12:00 – 13:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
Africa Single Electricity Market – Continental Transmission Masterplan
Organizer: AUC
Moderator: Mr. Atef Marzouk
Speaker:
• Mr. Shehu Khaleel Ibraheem
18TH JANUARY 13:30 – 14:00 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
18TH JANUARY 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
AUDA Cyber-Security Assessments Report
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD
Speakers:
• Dr. Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Head, Economic Integration (a.i), AUDA-NEPAD
• Mrs. Pria Chetty, Regional Director, EndCode
• Mr. Noureddine Lasfar, Chargé de Mission Agence de Developement du Digital (The Digital Development Agency), Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Morocco.
• Mr. Guichard Tsangou, Head of Telecommunications/ICT division at the Economic Community of Central Africans States (ECCAS)
• Dr. Raphael Kofi, Director of Telecommunications from the ECOWAS Commission of Telecommunications and Information Technologies
• Mr. Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth AffairsKenya

18TH JANUARY 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
African High Speed Rail (AHSRN)
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD, AUC Facilitator: Younes Touitha
Speakers:
• Welcome address: Ms. Raissa Ada-Allogo (AUC) Presentation:
• Mr.Younes Touitha (AUDA-NEPAD)
• Mr. Placide Badji (AUC)
• Mr. Chris Appiah (ECOWAS)
• Mr. Kazaura Kamugisha (EAC)
• AfDB
18TH JANUARY 15:00 – 15:30 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
18TH JANUARY 15:30 – 16:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION
Explore opportunities to use 5 IR technologies and Business Intelligence to inform new infrastructure finance pathways along the North-South
Organizer: DBSA
Facilitators
• Pregan Pillay, Technical Analyst (GIS), Development Bank of Southern Africa
• Dr. Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Head, Economic Integration (a.i), AUDA-NEPAD Format: Open discussion JOIN ONLINE
DAY 1: Tuesday 19th January, 2021
19TH JANUARY 10:00 – 11:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
AfCFTA closed session
Organizer: AfDB
Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster & Author
Speakers:
• H.E Wamkele Mene, AfCFTA Secretary General, AfCFTA Secretariat
• H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO AUDA-NEPAD
• H.E Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
• Alain Ebobissé, Chief Executive Officer, Africa50 Infrastructure Fund
• Prof. Benedict O. Oramah, President- Afreximbank
• Solomon Quaynor, Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialization, African Development Bank Group
• Khaled Sherif, Vice President, Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery, African Development Bank

19TH JANUARY 10:00 – 11:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
Making the AfCFTA work for Africa’s development: Focus on Infrastructure and Trade in Services
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD,TRALAC Moderator: Trudi Hartzenberg
Opening remarks:
• Director – Programme Delivery & Coordination/ Representative Speakers:
• Trudi Hartzenberg, Executive Director, Trade Law Centre
• Etiyel Chibira, Cross-border Road Transport Agency, South Africa
• John Stuart, Trade Law Centre Associate
19TH JANUARY 11:30 – 12:00 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
19TH JANUARY 12:00 – 13:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
21st Century Infrastructure in Africa – PIDA Quality Label and Community of Practice
Organizer: OECD
Opening remarks:
• Tobias Gerster, Head of Division Africa Supra-Regional and Horn of Africa, GIZ
• Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Head of Economic Integration Division, AUDA-NEPAD
Session 1: Promoting the use of the PIDA Quality Label as a reference standard for quality infrastructure projects pipelines across Africa
Moderator: Richard Carey, Senior Advisor, African Center for Economic Transformation

Kick-off remarks:

• Ibrah Wahabou, Lead-Private Sector Development & Infrastructure Project Preparation, AUDANEPAD,
• Arthur Minsat, Head of EMEA Unit, OECD Development Centre Comments and open discussion:
• Solomon Asamoah, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund
• Samaila Zubairu, Chief Executive Officer, African Finance Corporation
• H.E. Yoshifumi Okamura, Ambassador of Japan to the OECD
Session 2: Developing a platform for knowledge sharing and peer learning among infrastructure professionals and stakeholders across Africa
Moderator: Hubert Danso, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Investor (Ai) and Chairperson of the Continental Business Network Council, CBN
Kick-off remarks:
• Nirav Shah, Snr. Manager – Research & Advisory Services, ACET
• Bakary Traoré, Economist, Africa Unit, OECD Development Centre
Comments and open discussion
• Herbert Robinson, Director, Knowledge, Research and Learning Knowledge and Learning Department, ACBF
• Mtchera Johannes Chirwa, Chief Infrastructure and PPP specialist, AfDB

Closing remarks
• Rob Floyd, Director and Senior Advisor, African Center for Economic Transformation
• Federico Bonaglia, Deputy Director, OECD Development Centre
19TH JANUARY 12:00 – 13:30 (GMT+2) – PARALLEL SESSION JOIN ONLINE
The AfCFTA, Infrastructure and Economic Transformation in Africa
Organizer: AUDA-ISM
Moderator: Terence McNamee
Opening remarks:
• Director – Programme Delivery & Coordination/ Representative Speakers:
• Prudence Sebahizi, AfCFTA Technical Advisor & Head of AfCFTA Negotiations Support Team, AUC
• Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division of the UNECA
• Mark Pearson, Economist & Consultant • Salma Okonkwo – CEO Bluepower Energy.
• Samallie Skiyingi, Director, Legal Services at Afrixim Bank
19TH JANUARY 13:30 – 14:00 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
19TH JANUARY 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE
6th PIDA Week Opening (incl. presentation of 2020 PIDA Progress Report)
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD
Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster & Author
Opening Ceremony
• African Union Anthem
• Welcome Remarks – Ambassador Ghulam Hoosein Asmal, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa
• Remarks by H.E. Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
• Remarks by H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission (AUC)
• Opening Remarks by H.E. Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa
Presentation of PIDA Progress Report by Mr. Amine Idriss Adoum, Director, Programme Delivery and Coordination, AUDA-NEPAD
19TH JANUARY 15:00 – 15:30 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
19TH JANUARY 15:30 – 16:30 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE
High-Level Roundtable: New decade, new realities, new priorities – positioning PIDA and infrastructure development in Africa’s continued growth and economic recovery
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD
Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster & Author
Speakers & Panelists:
• Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation
• Dr. Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt
• Dr. Ibrahim A. Mayaki, CEO AUDA-NEPAD
• Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC
• Mr. Mohan Vivekanandan, Group Executive: Origination & Coverage, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
• Dr. Kevin Kanina Kariuki, Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth, AfDB
• Ms. Mfon Ekong Usoro, Africa Network for Women in Infrastructure (ANWIN) Intervention from the floor:
• Mrs. Carla Montessi, Director for Planet and Prosperity, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, EU


19TH JANUARY 16:30 – 16:45 (GMT+2) – 15 MINUTES BREAK
19TH JANUARY 16:45 – 18:00 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE


Africa Development Dynamics Report Launch
Organizer: AUC/OECD
Moderator: Amani Abu-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC (awaiting confirmation)


Opening remarks
• Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Republic of South Africa (awaiting confirmation)
• Cheikh Kanté, Minister of State, Special Envoy of the Republic of Senegal
Presentation of the Report
• Victor Harison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union
• Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, Special Advisor to the OECD SecretaryGeneral on Development
Panel discussion
• Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, AUDA/NEPAD
• Koen Doens, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
• Stefan Oswald, Director for Africa, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
• Magdaline Chepkemoi, Founder and Executive Director, EldoHub
• Seynabou Dia, CEO, Global Mind Consulting Group (awaiting confirmation)
Concluding remarks: Amani Abu-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission (awaiting confirmation)

DAY 2: Wednesday 20th January, 2021
20TH JANUARY 10:00 – 11:30 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE
PIDA PAP II Roundtable: AUDA-NEPAD, RECs and Regional Institutions working together to boost the second phase of PIDA amidst COVID-19
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD
Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster & Author
Speakers:
• AUDA-NEPAD: Amine Idriss Adoum, Director Programme Delivery and Coordination
• AMU: Nouradin O.A. Abulaid
• COMESA: JEAN BAPTISTE MUTABAZI
• EAC: Dr Kamugisha Kazaura
• ECCAS: Mr. Guichard Tsangou
• ECOWAS: Mr. Chris Appiah
• IGAD: Dr Elsadig Abdalla
• SADC: Ms. Mapolao Mokoena


20TH JANUARY 11:30 – 12:00 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
20TH JANUARY 12:00 – 13:30 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE
PIDA Implementation Strategy
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD
Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster & Author
Speakers:
• Remarks by AUC
• Opening Remarks: Amine Idriss Adoum, Director Programme Delivery and Coordination, NEPAD
• Overview of PIDA PAP II: AUC
• PIDA Implementation Strategy Presentation: Dr Towela Nyirenda Jere, Head, Economic Integration (a.i.), AUDA-NEPAD AUDA-


20TH JANUARY 13:30 – 14:00 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
20TH JANUARY 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE
Mainstreaming PIDA in Strategic Infrastructure Partnerships: A Common African Position
Organizer: UNECA
Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster & Author
Presenter: Mr Robert LISINGE: Chief, Energy, Infrastructure and Services, Private Sector Development and Finance, UN Economic Commission for Africa Speakers:
• Dr. Towela NYIRENDA-JERE: Head, Economic Integration(a.i.), AUDA-NEPAD
• Mr. Mike SALAWOU: Division Manager, Infrastructure & Partnerships, African Development Bank
• Dr. Wang JIANMING, Deputy Director of GEIDCO Africa Office
• Mr. Paolo CICCARELLI: Head of DEVCO Unit C5 (Cities, Local Authorities, Digitalisation, Infrastructures)


20TH JANUARY 15:00 – 15:30 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
20TH JANUARY 15:30 – 16:30 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE
Economic Recovery Through Infrastructure Services: AUDA-NEPAD Call for Proposals for MSMEs and NGOs
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD
Moderator: Mrs. Millicent Kgeledi
Speakers:
• Opening Remarks: Mr. Amine IDRISS ADOUM, Director of Programme Delivery and Coordination, AUDA-NEPAD
• Kick off Presentation: Mr. Ibrah Wahabou, Lead-Private Sector Development & Infrastructure Project Preparation, AUDA-NEPAD Discussion:
• Mrs. Anna Waldmann – Programme Manager, GIZ
• Ms. Asmae BOUREDDAYA, Special Advisor on Private Sector Engagement and Resource Mobilisation • Dr Salifou Siddo, CEO SME TradeLinks (TBC)


20TH JANUARY 16:30 – 16:45 (GMT+2) – 15 MINUTES BREAK
20TH JANUARY 16:45 – 18:00 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE
The PIDA Service Delivery Mechanism (SDM) Support to Advance Regional Infrastructure Projects Preparation
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD
Moderator: Mr Simbarashe Chitapi
Speakers:
• Mr. Ibrah Wahabou, Lead-Private Sector Development & Infrastructure Project Preparation, AUDANEPAD
Cases:
• Dr. Morgan Pillay, GIZ


DAY 3: Thursday 21st January, 2021
21ST JANUARY 10:00 – 11:30 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION
Gender-responsive Financing for Post-COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
Organizer: AUC
Speakers:
• Mary Chege, ANWIN Founding Member
• Amel Hamza, AfDB Gender Expert JOIN ONLINE
21ST JANUARY 11:30 – 12:00 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
21ST JANUARY 12:00 – 13:30 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION JOIN ONLINE
PIDA Jobs Outlook: Shining the spotlight on job creation through corridor development
Organizer: AUDA-NEPAD, GIZ
Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster & Author
Opening presentation:
• Hon. Ebrahim Patel, Minister for Trade, Industry & Competition, South Africa Speakers:
• Dr. Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Economic Integration Division, AUDA-NEPAD – The 2nd PIDA Jobs Outlook
• Dr. Bernice MacLean, Industrialisation Division, AUDA-NEPAD – Industrialisation and Job Creation
• Maikel R. Lieuw-Kie-Song, ILO – Optimizing employment outcomes from infrastructure investment


21ST JANUARY 13:30 – 14:00 (GMT+2) – 30 MINUTES BREAK
21ST JANUARY 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT+2) – PLENARY SESSION
Report-back/highlights from parallel sessions
Moderator: Ms. Iman Rappetti, Award-Winning Broadcaster & Author
Presenters: Organisers of Parallel Sessions JOIN ONLINE
21ST JANUARY 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT+2) – VALIDATION WORKSHOP JOIN ONLINE
Study on the trade-carrying Infrastructure Gap in SADC Region
Organizer: Afreximbank
Moderator: Mr. Gainmore Zanamwe, Senior Manager, Intra-African Trade Initiative



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