BrandArena: AFC to Host Africa's Most Critical Infrastructure Summit in Lagos

Wednesday 7 December 2016

AFC to Host Africa's Most Critical Infrastructure Summit in Lagos

The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) will host what is being billed as the continent's most critical summit on African infrastructure in Abuja, Nigeria, on 27-28 March 2017.

AFC Live 2017, to be opened by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, is a global event that will bring together financiers, developers and policy makers to discuss how to increase private sector investment and deal flows in the African infrastructure space.

Andrew Alli, AFC President and CEO
The two-day event will also mark the Corporation's remarkable first decade since its inception in 2007. It has invested over $4 billion on projects covering 26 African countries and it is setting regional benchmarks in its complementary service areas - project development, financial advisory and principal investing.

The theme for the two-day event is 'AFC Live 2017 - Connect. Engage. Innovate - The African Infrastructure Revolution'. (The first edition of AFC Live was held in 2014).

The often poor state of the existing infrastructure has been identified as the major bottleneck to Africa's development. The pressure on these assets will continue to intensify in light of the explosive population growth and expanding urbanisation. Rapid and sustained infrastructure development is essential if the continent is to unlock its potential and embark on an era of prosperity.

While the challenge is enormous, the response has been robust, led by organisation such as the AFC. A growing number of expertly constructed private-public partnerships (PPP) has led to an upsurge of infrastructure projects across the continent and are helping to build tomorrow's Africa. But much more still needs to be done.

"Our unique public and private shareholder base and our in-depth knowledge of the African market positions us well to address Africa's pressing infrastructure investment and development needs" says Andrew Alli, President and CEO of AFC.  "But we need to find new models to fast track investments and reduce lead times from inception to completion".

AFC Live will explore these ideas and concepts in depth, showcase recent success stories and provide networking and deal making facilities.

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