Dakar, Senegal, June 6, 2012 – IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is hosting a conference that will bring
together 125 participants from across Sub-Saharan Africa to help increase
the capacity of key policy makers to accelerate access to safe and reliable
water and sanitation services through targeted and well structured public-private
partnerships (PPP) projects.
Participants include senior government officials in charge of water and
sanitation, executives from water and sanitation utilities, financiers
and private operators. The Prime Minister of Senegal, Abdoul Mbaye, is
scheduled to open the conference.
The event will provide an opportunity to revisit the progress made in water
and sanitation PPPs in Africa and to learn from successful models in both
the continent and the rest of the world.
Yolande Duhem, IFC Director for West and Central Africa, said, “With rapid
urbanization and a population exceeding 800 million, water provision in
Sub-Saharan Africa is struggling to keep pace. To raise the coverage of
safe water and sanitation, national governments must promote and harness
the private sector to deliver high quality affordable sustainable services.”
The participants will be able to better understand the opportunities and
challenges of public- private partnerships and appreciate the perspective
of government, practitioners and financiers. This will be achieved through
promotion and dissemination of best practices in the management of the
water and sanitation sectors; discussions of challenges facing utilities/operators/financiers;
identification of areas where the private sector could add value; and discussions
of innovative PPP approaches.
IFC is hosting the conference in partnership with the Public-Private Infrastructure
Advisory Facility (PPIAF), the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), the
Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA), and the Senegalese Ministry
of Water and Sanitation.
This event is part of the series of regular PPP capacity building and networking
events sponsored by IFC Advisory Services in Public-Private Partnerships.
IFC assists national and municipal governments in the design and implementation
of PPP transactions, and improvement of access to basic services such as
water power, health and education.
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institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, providing
advisory services to businesses and governments, and mobilizing capital
in the international financial markets. In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty
across the globe, we helped our clients create jobs, strengthen environmental
performance, and contribute to their local communities—all while driving
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