June 9, 2017
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 9 June 2017 – from Monday to Friday this week, Casa Africa hosted a course on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) from the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, a Tetra Tech Company (IP3). The training was comprised of senior government officials from 14 countries in the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as a representative from Mauritania, officials from ECOWAS itself, and representatives from three Canary Islands infrastructure companies.
More than 25 people participated in the training, the first program ever offered by IP3 in Spanish, English, and French, in the Spanish Islands. This capacity building program was sponsored by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Government of the Canary Islands and the public Spanish consortium for African development, Casa Africa. The event was also developed under the framework of different projects, such as CONFIAFRICA and INGENIA2, assigned to the INTERREG MAC 2014-2020 Program and co-financed by the FEDER Regional Development Fund.
This is the first course to come out of the MOU signed in November 2015 by Casa Africa and IP3, with the aim of organizing an exclusive high-level training on PPPs in the Canary Islands, Spain. The main objective of this agreement was to open a path towards making the Archipelago a hub in the field of capacity building, in addition to being a hub for business and services, logistics and humanitarian aid for the African continent.
The Secretary of Casa Africa, Arianne Hernandez, and the General Director of Economic Promotion from the Government of the Canary Islands, Cristina Hernandez, welcomed the participants, in an opening ceremony that was attended by IP3’s Director of PPP Services, Tomas Kiguel, a member of the PPP Advisory Board, Jose Luis Guasch, and Kebba Sulayman Faye, head of the Infrastructure Projects Preparation and Development Unit of ECOWAS (PPDU).
During the week, the senior African officials were trained in all different stages of the PPP cycle, a key priority for attracting private funding to public infrastructure projects in Africa, which is estimated will reach a volume of $90 billion a year. This program will strengthen planned projects in the field of infrastructure, ranging from transport (roads, airports, ports) to energy and telecommunications. The forecast cost for these plans is, for the time being, $300 million annually.
The participants of this course included cabinet leaders from infrastructure development ministries, as well as general directors of planning and transport, and engineers from ministries of development and public works.
IP3 hosted a member from each of the ECOWAS countries (with the exception of Sierra Leone which was unable to attend): Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo. Mauritania also joined the training, as well as several ECOWAS officials (from the departments of Energy, Infrastructure, Development and Telecommunications) and members of the PPDU team, specialized in the promotion and development of this type of projects. The course was also attended by directors of three Canary Islands companies from the infrastructure sector, invited by the Government of the Canary Islands.
The Director of the infrastructure Projects Preparation and Development Unit of ECOWAS (PPDU), Sediko Douka, a representative of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and the General Director of Casa Africa, Luis Padron gave their remarks about the importance of this training during the closing ceremony.
CEDED BY CASA AFRICA’S COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT