ESCWA Experts Group Meeting "Unlocking Infrastructure Investments and Mobilizing Financial Resources in the Arab region"

17 to 18 April, 2013 , Rabat

 1. Event Details
Final agenda
Executive Summary
Rabat Declaration
 2. Presentations
Acwa Power - Badis Derraji
Apicorp - Bassam Al-Tamimi
Ministry of Agriculture, Morocco - Arrifi El Mahdi
PPP Unit, Ministry of Finance Egypt - Atter Hannoura
Axelcium - Laurent Thorrance
Ministry of Development and International Cooperation, Tunisia - Belgacem Ayed
BNP Paribas - Mark Wells
European Investment Bank (1st presentation) - Guido Prud'homme
European Investment Bank (2nd presentation) - Guido Prud'homme
UNECE - Geoffrey Hamilton
Islamic Development Bank - Said Mourabit
ONCF Morocco - Fassi Fehri Otmane
ONDA Morocco - Dalil Guendouz
SNC Lavalin - Kebir Ratnani
TAQA Jorf Lasfar Energy Company - Saad Lahlou
Ministry of Economy and Finance, Morocco (Ar) - Samir Mohhamed Tazi
Ministry of Economy and Finance, Morocco (Fr) - Samir Mohhamed Tazi
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt - Mohamed Wahba
World Bank - Silvia Pariente David

In partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Equipment of the Kingdom of Morocco, on April 17 and 18 2013, Economic Development and Globalization Division is holding an Expert Group Meeting entitled “Unlocking Infrastructure Investments and Mobilizing Financial Resources in the Arab region”. This is a relatively new area of involvement of this Division and it is a result of increasing demand from the member states to provide them with technical assistance in the area of infrastructure development and financing.

Arab countries are facing challenging socio-economic realities, with reduced public spending, foreign direct investments and private investments, along with increasing infrastructure needs. The mounting pressure of fast growing urban population and climate change, is putting further strain on already limited urban infrastructure.

While availability and access to financing are fundamental drivers for the successful development of any infrastructure project, investments have been mainly hampered by issues arising from weaknesses in infrastructure strategies and implementation, in particular related to the assessment of infrastructure needs and the appropriate funding mechanisms; in sanctioning sectors and projects priorities with lack of sound feasibility analysis and due diligence, followed by flaws in structuring and execution.

Besides facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experience and good practices in structuring and financing infrastructure projects in the region, this Expert Group Meeting aims at identifying feasible approaches and viable solutions based on the experience of public officials and private sector investors. A wide spectrum of public sector officials, representatives of international financial institutions and the private sector, are participating in this two-day meeting.
This event will also serve as a platform to launch the ESCWA Infrastructure Investments and Public-Private Partnerships Initiative, in cooperation with the UNECE International Centre of Excellence on PPPs.


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