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Overview

AAIC 2013The Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference 2013 took place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on 2nd & 3rd September 2013. The second annual event was designed to connect Australian and African infrastructure stakeholders.

The two day event attracted delegates from Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Botswana, Kenya, United Kingdom, China and Australia. AAIC 2013 was co-chaired by Mrs. Di Fleming and Mr. Frank Aneke. The event was declared open by the representative of Victoria Government Mr. Andrew Shearer.

AAIC 2013 featured  nineteen (19) plenary keynote presentations, eight (8) breakout session presentations and four (4) plenary case studies.  In all, more than thirty-one (31) presentations were made by Infrastructure experts, Government representatives and Industry leaders during the conference.

During the conference, more than seventy (70) different projects worth more than US$8 Billion were presented by participating African infrastructure stakeholders. The business/investment opportunities presentations were spread across the four key infrastructure sectors namely:

  • Water and Sanitation Technology
  • ICT & Telecoms
  • Transport & Mining Infrastructure
  • Power & Renewable

Australian infrastructure experts and solution providers shared Africa market entry solutions, risk management strategies and offered knowledge on skills transfer mechanism.  Most of the presentations are included in this report.

Day two of AAIC 2013 featured plenary presentations and four simultaneous breakout sessions alongside the conference core business sectors. The breakout sessions were principally designed to encourage inter-personal communication and drive business match-making among specific sector stakeholders at the conference.  Presentations at the breakout sessions focused on case studies, solutions and infrastructure projects in Africa.  Every participant at each breakout session got an opportunity to introduce themselves and exchanged valuable contacts with their counterparts from Australia and African countries represented at the conference.

In this Report:

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Keynote Speakers and Corporate Presentations @ AAIC 2013.

AAIC 2013Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference 2013 featured a wide range of infrastructure experts and keynote speakers who presented on strategic topics.  The expert speakers focused on topics which shared intelligence on key rules that are fundamental to successful exploration of business opportunities in Africa infrastructure sector.

AAIC 2013 also featured case studies from Australian companies that have successfully executed infrastructure projects in Africa.  The case studies shared experience and lessons learnt in doing business in the Africa infrastructure sector.

The breakout session on day two of the conference showcased a number of Australian companies which are currently doing infrastructure projects in Africa.  Representatives of African Governments, Private sector and Trade associations also presented key projects at the breakout session.

To view the list of most AAIC 2013 presentations including their topics please click here.

Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference 2013 Speakers included the following:

  • HE Paul Essel, Deputy Chairman, Africa Diplomatic Corps, Australia.
  • Prof. Colin Roberts, Director, Natural Resources Geo-strategy 
  • Dr. Eugene Juwah, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
  • Conrad Marais, Partner, Trinity International LLP
  • Mr. Rafael Vazquez, Business Development Manager | SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong
  • Hon Rashid PelpuoHonourable Minister – Ministry of Private Sector Development Ghana
  • Peter Morris, Partner, PPB Advisory
  • HE Bouna Semou Diouf, Ambassador, Republic of Senegal
  • Damian McNair, Partner, DLA PIPER
  • Greg Hull, Director, Africa Reach
  • Gideon Van der Westhuizen, Global Leader – Infrastructure, Johnstaff Australia
  • Mr James Teko Lopoyetum, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Water & Irrigation Kenya
  • Mrs. Mawuena Dumor Trebah, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
  • Mr Nchidzi Mmolawa, Acting Coordinator, Coal Development Unit, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources, Botswana.
  • Kailesh Gunesh, Associate Director, Engagement & Business Development, Knowledge Exchange – Industry, Victoria University
  • Collins Rex, State Manager Victoria & Tasmania, Export Council of Australia & Australian Institute of Export
  • Dr Emeka Ezeajugh, Chief Executive Officer, TransUrban Nigeria Ltd

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Conference Day One Keynote Speakers and Case Studies

HE Mr Paul Yaw EsselKeynote Speaker: HE Paul Essel, Deputy Chairman, Africa Diplomatic Corp, Australia. Topic: Africa is good for business – Economic outlook and emerging infrastructure prospects

Keynote Speaker: Gideon van der Westhuizen, Global Leader – Infrastructure, Johnstaff, Australia. Topic: Australia in Africa – Infrastructure investment outlook

Greg Hull, Director Africa Reach, former Australia Senior Trade Commissioner Southern Africa. Topic: Doing business in Africa: Perception & Reality

Ezekiel Moumakwa, Acting Coordinator, Coal Development Unit, Ministry of Minerals, and Energy & Water Resources Botswana.  Topic: Highlighting specific projects and investment opportunities in nominated business sectors in Botswana

Mawuena Dumor Trebah, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre.  Topic: Highlighting specific projects/investment opportunities in Conference nominated business sectors in Ghana

Conrad Marais, Partner Trinity International LLP. Topic: Updates on regulatory changes and legislative regimes in various African regions

Prof Colin Roberts, Director, Natural Resources Geo-Strategy. Topic: Infrastructure Investment in Africa – Risk & Returns

Conrad Marais, Partner – Trinity International LLP. Topic: Discussing business risk mitigation strategies

Case Studies

Richard Kell, Former Chairman, Cardno. Topic: Applying Cardno’s Australian expertise to Africa – a Case Study

Gideon van der Westhuizen, Global Leader, Infrastructure, Johnstaff Australia. Topic: Transport Case Study: Considering joint ventures and local partnerships

Rafael Vazquez Business Development Manager | SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong NSW. Topic: Shaping the Sydney of Tomorrow: Model for Developing Nations (Case Study).

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Conference Day Two Keynote Speakers and Breakout Presentations

AAIC 2013Greg Hull, Former Austrade Trade Commissioner for Africa and Director – Africa Reach. Topic: Furthering private sector investment: Insights for African governments

Robert K. Matarei on behalf of Dr Moses Ikiara, CEO Kenya Investment. Topic: Highlighting Specific projects and investment opportunities in Kenya

Collins Rex, State Manager Victoria & Tasmania, Export Council of Australia & Australian Institute of Export. Topic: The Africa Opportunity: Report Commissioned by Export Council of Australia

Kailesh Gunesh, Associate Director, Engagement & Business Development, Knowledge Exchange – Industry, Victoria University. Topic: Building the Workforce: the common denominator to infrastructure development.

Hon. James Toko Lopoyetum, Principal Secretary – Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya. Topic: Emerging Infrastructure Projects in Kenya: Dam and Water Storage

Dr Emeka Ezeajugh, Chief Executive Officer, TransUrban Nigeria Ltd. Topic: Resilient Infrastructures: Need for Foreign Investors in Africa

Hon. Rashid Pelpuo, Minister Private Sector Development Ghana. Topic: Highlighting specific projects/investment opportunities in Ghana

Sam Maloka, International Marketing Manager for Australia and Europe, Limpopo Province Economic Development Agency (LEDA).  Topic: Highlighting specific projects and investment opportunities in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Rafael Vazquez, Business Development Manager | SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong. Topic: Skills development and Africa’s Infrastructure landscape

Peter Morris, Partner, PPB Advisory. Topic: Dealing with challenges of corruption

Roger Phillips, Development Manager International, Holmesglen. Topic: African Engagement through Education

Breakout Sessions:

Mining & Transport Infrastructure

Wave International

ICT & Telecommunication

ITC Global

Water & Sanitation Technolgy

Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation (SMEC)

Lepelle Northern Water, South Africa

Power & Renewable

SET Electrical Engineering

Nigeria Federal Ministry of Power

To view or download the keynotes and presentations, please click here.

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Australian Infrastructure Stakeholders represented @ AAIC 2013

Notable Australian infrastructure stakeholders were represented at Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference 2013. The delegates from Australia included decision-makers and executive level managers that are keen to explore infrastructure business opportunities in Africa.

Mrs Collins RexList of Australian Stakeholders represented @ AAIC 2013:

  • Holmesglen Institute
  • ITC Global
  • Ducere
  • C M Bartlett Pty Ltd
  • Africa Australia Business Council (VIC)
  • Cranleigh
  • Wave International
  • The Social History Consultancy
  • IPC Global
  • Commonwealth Business Council
  • Ingwe Management Consultants
  • AfricaReach
  • Arion Productions
  • Cardno
  • China House Consultancy
  • Dropbydrop
  • Trinity International LLP
  • PPB Advisory
  • Hampton Gate
  • Export Council of Australia & Australian Institute of Export
  • Natural Resources GeoStrategy
  • OctoberFirst Consulting
  • Department o State Development Business Innovation, Victorian Government
  • Johnstaff Australia
  • Smart Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong
  • Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC)
  • Wisa Global
  • Bani Investment
  • LaTrobe University
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Government
  • Sanctuary Global Enterprise
  • Honorary Consul of Senegal in Australia
  • Concursive
  • Honorary Consul of Botswana in Australia
  • SET Electrical Engineering

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African Government and Private Sector Stakeholders represented @ AAIC 2013

AAIC2013Six African countries namely:  Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Botswana were represented at Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference 2013. Each delegation included key Government decision-makers and industry leaders. All the African countries made presentations on business and investment opportunities in their countries. The opportunities were focused on four business sectors of the conference.

List of African Stakeholders represented @ AAIC 2013:

  • Nigeria Federal Ministry of Power
  • Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
  • Botswana Investment and Trade Centre
  • Botswana High Commission
  • Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Japan
  • Ghana High Commission in Australia
  • Nigeria High Commission in Australia
  • Transurban Nigeria Ltd, Nigeria
  • Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Kenya
  • Limpopo Economic Development Agency, South Africa
  • Kenya Investment Authority
  • Lepelle Northern Water, South Africa
  • Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Botswana.
  • South Africa High Commission in Australia
  • Kenya High Commission in Australia
  • Ministry of Private Sector Development, Ghana

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United Kingdom Stakeholder represented at AAIC 2013

  • Sub-Sahara Africa Ventures Ltd

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Business and Investment Opportunities Presented @ AAIC 2013

More than seventy (70) different investment and business opportunities were presented by six African countries which participated in AAIC 2013. The opportunities include Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects, Funded Infrastructure Projects and Investment/business opportunities. The presentations focused on the four key sectors of the conference.

Opportunities in ICT & Telecoms, Transport & Mining Infrastructure, Power and Renewable, Water & Sanitation Technology, and Financial Services/Business Investment are available in this downloadable PDF: AAIC 2013 Investment Opportunities Summary

 

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Sponsors

AAIC 2013 was sponsored by the following:

  • Holmesglen
  • Ducere
  • The Victorian State Government

For more information on the investment/business opportunities above, please contact us.

Here are digital images of the Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference 2013. Click here to view our album.


We believe the Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference (AAIC) 2013 report has given you insight on the second annual event outcomes.  Plans for the next AAIC are already in top gear. Our key objective  is to expand our frontiers and involve more African and Australian infrastructure stakeholders.

In all, we are optimistic that the third AAIC will present yet another opportunity for African and Australian infrastructure stakeholders to meet again, exchange valuable  contacts, challenge assumptions and start partnerships targeted at delivering win-win mutual business outcomes. You can be part of Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference.

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