When: 23 – 24 May 2017
Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Captains of Construction and Infrastructure Leadership Forum 2017
Although Africa’s construction and infrastructure sectors are constantly evolving, inadequate infrastructure in Africa still cuts growth by as much as two percentage points per year and leads to a loss of almost 40% of productivity. The Captains of Infrastructure and Construction Leadership Forum provides the public sectors with an opportunity to play stronger roles in driving innovation and enables private sector investments to open new lines of regional trade to further boost economic growth and development in Africa. Africa’s spending on infrastructure has doubled over the past decade to $80 billion but this amount needs to be doubled again in order to keep pace with annual demand for infrastructure delivery. This Leadership Forum unites the continent’s most competent and passionate Captains of Construction and Infrastructure who are facing this challenge head on and driving innovation for Africa’s infrastructure delivery through the identification of bankable infrastructure projects, access to adequate financing, the promotion and development of effective public-private partnerships, and the optimisation of spending.
Why we need to talk about infrastructure development and delivery in sub-Saharan Africa?
- Business profitability: business spending in Africa will grow from $2.6 trillion in 2015 to $3.5 trillion by 2025
- FDI: foreign direct investment inflows to Africa will reach $55-60 billion in 2016
- Urbanisation: by 2025 it is estimated that an additional 187 million Africans will live in cities
- Investment: annual investment of $150 billion needed to close Africa’s infrastructure gap
- Infrastructure: inadequate infrastructure in Africa still cuts growth by as much as two percentage points per year and leads to a loss of almost 40% of productivity
- EVALUATE where the best opportunities for infrastructure investment across the continent will be found
- EXPAND the role of private sector stakeholders in large-scale infrastructure projects
- ANALYSE aspects of African infrastructure such as the future of financing, how to weather the current financial storm, benefits of PPS and more
- NETWORK with Africa’s most competent and passionate Captains of Construction and Infrastructure
- SOLIDIFY your position as a thought leader for the future of Africa’s built environment
Who should participate?
- GOVERNMENT: Ministers, policy makers, MECs, members of Parliament, Ambassadors, Special Advisors, Directors and Permanent Secretaries from parastatals, regional and national government.
- INVESTORS: Principals, Presidents, Chairmen, CEOs, CFOs, Sector Heads, Global and Regional Heads and Investment Directors from banks, financiers and donor and development agencies.
- C-LEVEL EXECUTIVES: C-level executives from Fortune500 companies, EPCs, property developers, Large project owners, Law firms, Consultancies and other turnkey infrastructure and construction industry stakeholders.
Africa is in the midst of a 20 to 30 year infrastructure development boom. Africa’s growth story continues in 2017 with infrastructure development remaining at the forefront of the continent’s growth trajectory. Last year South Africa recorded an average increase of new construction work of 3.5% with every dollar spent on capital projects generating between 5% and 25% of economic returns. Although South Africa and Nigeria continue to be the continent’s two biggest spenders on infrastructure, there is still a lack of cross-border collaboration which remains vital to foster trade and allow for complementary development to occur throughout the sub-Saharan region.
The world is eager to do business with Africa, but construction industry stakeholders continue to find it difficult to access African markets, especially hinterland countries, due to poor infrastructure. The Captains of Construction and Infrastructure Leadership Forum offers a unique proposition for both public and private sector stakeholders who are looking to navigate the myriad opportunities cropping up across the continent as billions of dollars are committed to infrastructure development and delivery.
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