Minister Patrcia de Lille delivers keynote address on infrastructure projects in South Africa during the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum

Honourable Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Patrcia de Lille delivered keynote address at the first virtual Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum for 2021 themed ‘Public-Private Engagement to facilitate a more Structured and Enduring Relationship with the Private Sector in support of the Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) Initiative’ on Tuesday, 4 May 2021.

Her role was to respond to two key questions in relation to government efforts regarding infrastructure projects in South Africa:

  1. What support does ISA require in the short and medium term?
  2. How can South African Business support the ISA mandate?

In her address, Minister de Lille outlined government plans to cooperate with businesses in the flameworking and execution of large-scale infrastructure projects.

In addition, Minister de Lille also committed to further periodic update meetings with private sector representatives as a follow up to the action items set out by the initial meeting in the series.

To access the full speech by Minister de Lille, kindly click the link below:

2021 05 04 Minister de Lille NEDBANK NEPAD speech

NBF CEO, Peter Varndell on alignment of purpose between government and business in relation to infrastructure projects in South Africa

As part of the South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, 276 projects (valued at more than R2.3 trillion) were identified at the President’s inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa. Following on from this, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Council has gazetted ±60 Strategic Integrated Projects.

In response, the NBF and long-term co-hosting partner Nedbank, organised a virtual Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum themed, ‘Public-Private Engagement to Facilitate a More Structured and Enduring Relationship with the Private Sector in Support of the Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) Initiative.’

The event, which was hosted on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 featured high profile speakers, Honourable Patricia de Lille, Minister of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Head of Investment and Infrastructure Office and ISA in the Office of the Presidency.

NBF CEO, Peter Varndell set the scene, outlining key focus areas of consideration inn relation to infrastructure projects in South Africa. His presentation focused on:

  1. Private sector support in developing ISA’s internal capacity to bring the requisite skills into government and ensure delivery of this critical programme.
  2. Ensuring appropriate planning, governance and accountability mechanisms are in place that include business champions in the decision-making processes.
  3. Sensitisation of infrastructure procurement frameworks that enable public-private partnerships and unlock new funding mechanisms for major infrastructure investment.
  4. Private sector support for building ISA’s capacity to prepare and package projects.

ISA has been created as a single-entry point for all the projects in the country’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. ISA will be responsible for the exploration of government utilisation of the country’s substantial immovable asset register. As such, both government and the private sector have a vested interest in the execution of the ISA initiative. Its success will hinge on collaborative efforts to unblock and unlocking funding as well as the creation of a conducive environment for infrastructure investment.

During the meeting, senior-level business executives participated with an intent to share current efforts being taken by the private sector to participate in ISA activities as well as provide a potential public-private partnership model to adopt for government and business collaboration on ISA activities.

To access Peter Varndell’s full speech from the event, kindly click the link below:

Speech Peter Varndell ISA event

Private sector presentation on a possible model for public-private partnerships (local example – SWPN model):

SWPN Overview

Nedbank and NBF host Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) focused event

Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) has been created as a single-entry point for all the projects in the country’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. ISA will be at arm’s length from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI). ISA is responsible for project preparation, packaging, funding pathways and providing strategic oversight over all the gazetted projects. Additionally, ISA is in the process of conceptualising and drafting a 25-year National Infrastructure Plan to provide longer-term direction for the built environment from government’s side.

The Nedbank Group and the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) hosted the first virtual Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum for 2021 themed ‘Public-Private Engagement to facilitate a more Structured and Enduring Relationship with the Private Sector in support of the Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) Initiative’ on Tuesday, 4 May 2021.

The event, the first in a series of three, featured high profile speakers, Honourable Patricia de Lille, Minister of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Head of Investment and Infrastructure Office and ISA in the Office of the Presidency.

The event is in-line with the work of the NBF which has been focused on exploring international models of co-operation between business and government to more effectively plan, prioritise, fund and execute national infrastructure projects. In addition, current NBF infrastructure programmes (in particular, the Strategic Water Partners Network and the North-South Rail Corridor) are prime examples of successful partnership models worthy of replicating into other priority areas.

For a full video of the event, kindly click the lick below:

Facilitating a more Structured and Enduring Relationship with the Private Sector in support of Infrastructure South Africa (ISA)-20210504_095627-Meeting Recording

SADC Non-Tariff Barriers (NTB) sensitisation Workshop

The SADC Business Council (SADC BC), Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) and the German Development Corporation (GIZ-CESARE) will be hosting a virtual SADC Non-Tariff Barriers (NTB) sensitisation Workshop on Monday, 12 April 2021 from 09h30 to 11h30.

This meeting provides logistics companies, retailers and manufacturers who are involved in the export / import business and in regional trade with an opportunity to learn about NTBs, available platforms for reporting NTBs, and how to get feedback on reported NTBs.

Any questions regarding the event, please contact the organisers: Mr. Tulo Makwati: tulo.makwati@thenbf.co.za, and copy Mr Kampamba: research-2@zacci.co.za

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Monday, 12 April 2021
Time: 09:30 – 11:30
Location: Microsoft Teams – Click here to join the meeting

Siemens CEO, Sabine Dall’Omo appointed Vice Chairperson of NEPAD Business Foundation

PRESS STATEMENT

Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, was recently appointed Vice Chairperson of the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) at a Board Meeting on 10 March 2021. She took over from Andile Sangqu, former Executive Head for Anglo American South Africa.

“One of our core priorities at Siemens is to play a constructive role in Africa’s success story by helping to shape an inclusive future through our technologies and expertise. We believe that through partnerships with various stakeholders in the public and private sector, as well as with international organisations we can positively impact a country’s economic growth,” says Sabine.

In her new role as Vice Chairperson of the NBF, Sabine will be responsible for mobilising private sector resources towards development activities. This will include coordinating the efforts of businesses in alignment with the post-COVID economic recovery plans by African governments.

“The NBF was envisioned as a collective of businesses willing to engage with African governments to form collaborations for developing the region and growing economies. Our mission is support government endorsed initiatives by using private sector capabilities,” says Dr Reuel Khoza, NBF Founding Chairman (now retired) and current NBF Patron.

As a neutral body, the NBF is one of Africa’s prominent platforms for bringing governments and businesses together. It has facilitated numerous successful development interventions in key sectors including infrastructure, energy, mining, water, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals.

“Sabine was the logical choice for Vice Chair of the NBF,” says Geoff Rothschild, Chairman of the NBF. “Having worked with Sabine in her capacity as a member of the NBF Board, I have no doubt of her ability to further catalyse multi-sectoral high-impact development initiatives.”

The NBF is currently working with the SADC Secretariat on the SADC Regional Gas Masterplan which is in line with Siemens’ focus on reducing carbon emissions in Africa.  Also, the NBF is the current host of the SADC Business Council, a platform that is instrumental in developing SADC Regional Value Chains in mining, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals as well as Trade Facilitating through Non-Tariff Barriers workshops.

In addition, the NBF 2021-2022 strategy will also concentrate on mobilising private sector support for key initiatives including the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Infrastructure South Africa (ISA). Further activities will involve launching new interventions in the areas of Digital Infrastructure and Agriculture as well as continuing with the progress on corridor development through the North-South Rail Corridor project.

“I am ecstatic about my appointment and look forward to contributing to the vision of the NBF. With our aligned goals, I am confident that we, as a company, together with our partners and customers, are well positioned to help drive economic transformation and make a positive impact through our technology, our people and our diverse initiatives,” ends Sabine.

Ends.

Public-private partnerships to foster digital development of industry and trade in Southern Africa

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Sub-regional office for Southern Africa, in collaboration with the SADC Business Council and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), invites you to a side event themed Public-private partnerships to foster digital development of industry and trade in Southern Africa. The virtual event will be hosted on Saturday 20 March 2021 from 13h00 to 14h30 (SAST)/ 14:00 – 15:30 (ADST).

This side-event is being organized on the margins of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 53rd session of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, which will take place from 17-23 March 2021. The ECA event will be themed Africa’s sustainable industrialisation and diversification in the digital era in the context of Covid-19.

Kindly note that the side-event registration link will only be shared with registered participants, 48 hours before of the event.

Any questions regarding the event, please contact the organizers: Ms. Bineswaree Bolaky at bineswaree.bolaky@un.org (ECA Subregional office for Southern Africa) or Mr Tulo Makwati: tulo.makwati@thenbf.co.za. (SADC Business Council).

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday, 20 March 2021
Time: 13:00 – 14:30 (SAST) / 14:00 – 15:30 (ADST)
Meeting: Select side event No. 5

EVENT REGISTRATION

 

 

SADC BC meets with SADC Secretariat

There is a call for SADC private sector to enhance manufacturing capabilities through building a strong portfolio in pharmaceuticals and prioritising industrialisation. This was the sentiment passed by the SADC Secretariat (represented by the SADC Executive Secretary, Her Excellency Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax) in a recent virtual meeting with the SADC Business Council (represented by Chairperson, Mr. Eduardo Sengo and Executive Secretary Mr Peter Varndell).

On discussing the operationalisation of the SADC Business Council, it was agreed that the constitution of the organ will be guided by elements of the SADC Treaty, including other statutory documents such as the legal instruments, the SADC Vision 2050 and Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-30.

During the meeting, recently appointed Chairperson of the SADC Business Council, Mr Sengo stated that enhanced engagement between the regional private sector and the Member States is vital for the economic transformation of the region. Especially when it comes to deliberation on pertinent topics such as the free trade zones and industrialisation agenda, as well as removal of trade barriers.

The relationship between the SADC Secretariat and the SADC Business Council is growing strong and continues to yield fruit. The two organisations are currently making preparations to host the fifth Annual SADC Industrialisation Week events which will be hosted in Mozambique and Malawi respectively this year. Details on these events will be shared as dates are confirmed.

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Botswana Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) Sensitisation Workshop

The SADC Business Council (SADC BC), Business Botswana (BB) and the German Development Corporation (GIZ-CESARE) will be hosting the Botswana leg of the SADC Non-Tariff Barriers (NTB) sensitization Workshop.

The virtual event will be hosted on Wednesday 24 February 2021 from 14h00 to 16h00 (SAST).

This meeting will provide logistics companies, retailers and manufacturers in Botswana who are involved in the export / import business and in regional trade with an opportunity to learn about NTBs, get information on the platforms available for reporting NTBs, and how to get feedback on reported NTBs.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (SAST)

Location: Microsoft Teams – Click here to join the meeting

Programme: Click here

SADC Regional Gas Masterplan – Phase 1 progress

As the SADC region recovers from COVID, the Industrialisation Agenda is slowly getting back on track.   At the top of this recovery process is the SADC Regional Gas Masterplan. The theme is set to lead the discussions at the 2021 SADC Industrialisation Week (SIW) which is being planned for March in Mozambique.

A versatile and more stable supply for energy, gas has the ability to accelerate the economic trajectory of SADC.  Gas is considered a cost-effective alternative in comparison to other sources of energy. Its adoption will both improve the livelihoods of the SADC people and relieve much of the economic burden for the growing economies.

Following the virtual consultative meetings hosted by the NBF in partnership with DBSA and the SADC Secretariat in August of 2020, plans are under way to increase progress on SADC Regional Gas Masterplan.

This includes the development of a strategic framework which will be used for the commercialisation of the gas discoveries in SADC.  A framework that is informed by the DBSA study that was facilitated by the NBF to investigate the costs associated with bringing gas to market in SADC.

Update on the African Integrated High-Speed Railway Network by AUDA-NEPAD

Johannesburg, July 7, 2020 – The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) has released a video capturing the conception, design and implementation plan for the African Integrated High- Speed Railway Network. The seven-minute video includes reports from across Africa, dedicated to railway revival, expansion and modernisation in the spirit of the continental rail plan.

The High-Speed Railway project was endorsed by the African Union (AU) Heads of State at the 2013 24th AU Summit as part of “Agenda 2063.” The project has seen completion of the technical feasibility study and consequent unprecedented construction and procurement decisions among the economic blocs and individual national governments.

The target is the achievement of the first three objectives by 2033, namely: Interconnecting landlocked countries, connecting regions of Africa together and establishing Trans-Africa beltways. The master plan of the railway links has also been analysed and prioritised. The Dar es Salaam-Kigali link combined with the Kampala-Kigali-Bujumbura, as well as the Walvis Bay-Windhoek-Gaborone-Pretoria, have been identified as pilots for accelerated development. In addition, ten other regional pilots have been identified as priority projects and will be subjected to feasibility assessment as soon as possible.

The planned network will connect the 16 landlocked countries in Africa to major seaports and neighbouring countries. It will establish interoperability of railways across different regions, create East-West / North-South land-bridges and interconnect African capitals. This will the interconnection of major commercial and economic hubs to boost economic growth and intra-African free trade, as well as complement the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The AUDA-NEPAD’s Technical Coordination Team and African Union Commission’s Directorate of Infrastructure and Energy, are providing guidance for the implementation, seeing as African leaders have demonstrated political will to address lack of rail connectivity, interoperability questions and high cost of transportation. The net impact of less connectivity is reduced intra-Africa trade, under-developed manufacturing, agriculture and mineral extraction and an over reliance on the world for imports and exports. These and more are reasons why Africa is presently witnessing railway renaissance across the economic blocs.

The video that has been produced to capture progress on this project shows rail development across the various regions and nations of the continent, as confirmation that Africa is demonstrating political will to ensure execution of Agenda 2063, of which the high-speed railway is a major component.

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The following are the links to the video which shows the project’s progress:
English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS9sPp0H5F8&feature=youtu.be
French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkJiverJ_6k&feature=youtu.be
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African Union Development Agency-NEPAD
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African Union Development Agency-NEPAD
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