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 eliver 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.