Malawi to host inter PPP conference
Malawi will this month host a high-level international conference on revolutionising infrastructure development through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements.
The indaba is being organised by the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) under the Ministry of Finance in partnership with the Africa Public Private Partnerships Network, the World Association of Public Private Partnerships (WAPPP) and the PPP forum for Africa.
The three-day meeting will be held at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe from February 24, 2020.
To be hosted under the theme ‘Public Private Partnerships Malawi’s Next Big Thing’, the forum will also offer a unique platform for Malawi to showcase its PPP opportunities in key sectors such as energy, transport, tourism and Information Communication Technology.
In a statement, PPPC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Audrey Mwala said the conference will bring together PPP practitioners and leaders across the globe to think through solutions for infrastructure development in Malawi.
The meeting will attract leading PPP practitioners, financiers, industry experts, equity providers, leading private banks and investors, lenders, pension funds, construction firms, facility managers, development partners, Non-governmental Organisations, contractors, members of the diplomatic corp, contracting authorities and advisory firms.
PPPC says the seminar is a gateway to unlocking Malawi’s potential to infrastructure revolution through PPPs.
The three-day event will be dedicated to discussing issues pertaining to revolutionising infrastructure development in Malawi through PPP arrangements.
Among other benefits, the indaba will help unlocking potential private sector investment and putting Malawi on the map as an investment destination.
The conference will also help capacitate the public and private sectors players on PPPs.
There will [also] be opportunities for high level networking, exhibitions, deal flows and exposure on possible solutions for infrastructure development during the conference.
The Africa Public Private Partnerships Network recently organised a high-level Africa conference in Kampala, Uganda under the theme ‘Public Private Partnerships Africa’s Next Big Thing’.
The event was hosted after a realisation that Africa is a huge continent with good natural resource despite the challenges facing the infrastructure development sector.
Infrastructure needs are estimated at a range of $130 billion to $170 billion, and Government’s funds available for infrastructure is only between $68 billion to $108 billion per annum.