The Regional Integration & Private Investment in Infrastructure Forum opened on 4 December 2017 at the Palais Du Peuple Djibouti, where more than 200 international trade & investment specialists and infrastructure experts together with government policymakers, investors and entrepreneurs, gathered to harness new opportunities to boost strategic economic development priorities such as regional integration and private investment in infrastructure in East Africa. This high-level economic meeting raised issues in the context of private investment models for major infrastructure projects, as well as regional economic integration strategies.
The forum opened with a high-profile session featuring keynote addresses from Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, President of Chamber of Commerce; H.E. Christophe Guilhou, Ambassador of France in Djibouti; H.E. Mohamed Abdoulkader Moussa, Minister of Transport and Equipment; H.E. Ali Guelleh Aboubaker, Minister of Investment, Djibouti; H.E. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Minister of Economy and Finance, Djibouti; H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, The Prime Minister of Djibouti; Dr Carlos Lopes, Former Head, UN Africa Economic Commission; and Dr Constintinos Berhutesfa, Senior Political Counsellor at the UN and Chairperson of the African Union Board on anti-Corruption, who deliberated on how the major investors and financial institutions on the continent are driving strategic economic priorities, Trade & Investment and Infrastructure in East Africa: towards regional integration and intra-trade development.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, President of Chamber of Commerce of Djibouti, said that: “This Trade Fair and Forum has connected a point between the Djibouti business community and the world. The country’s key development strategy which is transforming Djibouti into a regional hub in the next decade has inspired the forum. In this high-level exchange about the best practices, relevant strategies and real solutions for the development of regional infrastructures through PPP was discussed. The aim of the forum was to support Djibouti in taking its place in regional and international trade through to boost long-term boost economic growth.”
Another major highlight of the Regional Integration & Private Investment in Infrastructure Forum was the African Success Stories which focused on how Africa’s full potential can be realised through innovative financing mechanisms for infrastructure development. This session tackled key issues such as assessing practical realities on the ground in Africa; case study examples of progress being made on the continent; accelerating the journey towards smart infrastructure and sustainable development by making use of new smart solutions and technology disruption and transformation; and exploring African opportunities for digital infrastructure, E-Governance, and the digital economy. This high-profile session was moderated by Jean-Baptiste Santelli, Associé /Partner, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.
Day 2 of the Regional Integration & Private Investment in Infrastructure Forum continues on Tuesday the 5th of December and will focus in more detail on innovative financing mechanisms for infrastructure development in Africa and the legal framework required to ensure success.
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