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Financing the Future: Infrastructure Development in Central Africa

Regional Conference, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Hilton Hotel, Monday, March 10, 2014

Read a Press Release about the outcome of this conference.

The conference brought together senior policymakers from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), international experts, and representatives from academia and the private sector to discuss options for financing infrastructure development in Central Africa. It was an opportunity to look at ways to leverage resources to finance infrastructure projects, review financing options through conventional and syndicated loans and bonds, and discuss opportunities offered by public-private partnerships (PPPs). The event drew attention to the trade-offs between infrastructures development—including maintenance costs—and debt sustainability.

*** THIS CONFERENCE IS BY INVITATION ONLY ***

Sunday, March 9, 2014

6:00-9:00pm

Early registration for participants

Monday, March 10, 2014

8:00am

Registration

8:30am

Welcoming Remarks

  • Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf, Deputy Director, African Department, IMF
  • Cameroonian Authorities

9:00am

Group Photo

9:15am

Session 1: Domestic and International Financing of National and Regional Infrastructure

Chair: Michael Adandé, President, Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC)

Presenter 1: Arnaud Dornel, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank: Infrastructure & Project Finance in Africa  

Presenter 2: Laurence Doumenc, East and Central Africa Division, European Investment Bank (EIB): Infrastructure Financing by the EIB, Terms and Examples  

Panelists:

  1. Edward Cerullo, Vice President, Debt Capital Markets, Standard Bank, London
  2. Peter Sullivan, Managing Director, Head of Africa Public Sector Group, Citigroup, London

Open discussion

10:45am

Coffee Break

11:15am

Session 2: Public-Private Partnerships: Opportunities and Risks

Chair: Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Cameroon

Presenter 1: Maria Luisa Abrantes, CEO, Angola National Investment Agency (ANIP): Public-Private Partnerships and Investment Incentives   

Presenter 2: Maximilien Queyranne, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF: PPP Management, Opportunities, and Fiscal Risks  

Panelists:

  1. Hassan Adoum Bakhit, Commissionner, Department of Infrastructure and Sustainable Development, Central Africa Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC)
  2. Mario de Zamaroczy, IMF Mission Chief for Cameroon

Open discussion

12:45pm

Lunch

Lunch time speaker: Cedric Mbeng Mezui, Coordinator, African Financial Markets Initiative (AFMI), African Development Bank: Bonds for Infrastructure Projects.   

14:15pm

Session 3: Issues and Challenges in Financing National and Regional Infrastructure – Case Studies of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)

Chair: Lucas Abaga Nchama, Governor, Bank of Central African States (BEAC)

Presenter: Yves Boudot, Directeur Afrique, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), France: Issues and Challenges in Financing National and Regional Infrastructure   

Panelists:

  1. Racine Kane, Resident Representative, African Development Bank, Yaoundé-Cameroon
  2. Hamadou Sali, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Camrail
  3. Boriana Yontcheva, IMF Resident Representative, Yaoundé-Cameroon

Open discussion

15:45pm

Coffee Break

16:15pm

Session 4: Roundtable Discussion: Lessons and the Way Forward

Chair: Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf, Deputy Director, African Department, IMF

Panelists: Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Ministers of Finance, Infrastructure and Economy; ECCAS General Secretary; ECCAS central bank Governors

Open discussion

17:45pm

Concluding remarks

  • Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister of Finance, Cameroon

18:00pm

Joint Press Conference

18:30pm

Cocktail