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Ministers to Address Future Infrastructure Development at the West Africa Infrastructure and Construction (WAIC) 2012 Summit(October 04, 2012)
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 4 October 2012
Ministers and key industry officials from across West Africa will come together in two weeks time for the inaugural West Africa Infrastructure and Construction (WAIC) 2012 Summit to discuss the vital infrastructure investment needed for the region.
Run by global summits organiser International Research Networks, the WAIC 2012 Summit will be held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Ghanas capital, Accra, from 16-17 October 2012. The Summit opens with a series of updates from Ministers from Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Keynote addresses will be given by:
Hon. Samuel Kofi Woods, Minister of Public Works, Liberia
Jean Bertin Ouedraogo, Minister of Infrastructure and Improved Access, Burkina Faso
Hon. Alimamy P. Koroma, Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Sierra Leone
Hon Victor O. Enoghama, Commissioner for Transport, Ministry of Transport- Nigeria
Abdoulaye Mbodji, Secretary-General, Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports, Senegal
The investment needs of West Africa are enormous and the lack of modern infrastructure has been a major challenge to its economic development for many years. The WAIC 2012 Summit focuses specifically on building partnerships with foreign investors, mobilising resources, civil infrastructure systems, emerging technologies, development of transport systems, raising performance of air transport infrastructure, port reconstruction, urban water demand, sewage systems and electricity upgrades across the region.
The number of international investment deals recently secured in the region come as a positive signal that change is ahead. Ghana alone has seen a US$200 million investment from China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to expand its Takoradi Port, and US$400m from US firm General Electric for the Ghana Water Rehabilitation Works, but more is needed.
Keynote speaker Jean Bertin Ouedraogo, Minister of Infrastructure and Improved Access, Burkina Faso commented, This summit is, in my opinion, a real opportunity to share experiences for the people working for the development of our countries.
As well as Ministerial updates, there will be presentations and case studies from speakers including:
Adama Deen, Head of Infrastructure Programs & Projects, NEPAD
George Aboagye, CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
Mike Griffin, General Manager, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority
Léonard Kedote, Chairman of the Board, AGETIP, Benin
Julius A. Kamara, Project Coordinator- WARCIP, Ministry of Information and Communications- Sierra Leone
Claude Maerten, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ghana
Alfa Legbaza, Director of Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Transport, Togo
Dr Harold Olusegun Demuren, CEO, National Civil Aviation Administration, Nigeria
Engr. Umar Bindir, CEO, Foundation for Public-Private Partnerships, Nigeria (FPPPN)
Pim Van Ballekom, VP, European Investment Bank
George Uriesi, CEO, FAAN-Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria
Dr Sam Amadi, CEO, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)
Momoko Wada, Institutional/Financial Expert, Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) - Secretariat
Kweku Andoh Awotwi, CEO, Volta River Authority, Ghana
Complimentary places are being issued for West African Government and institutional representatives. Further information and registration for the Summit can be found at
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