Agenda – Africa investor (Ai) CEO Infrastructure Project Developers Summit and Awards 2017

Establishing Project Development as an Asset Class

There is no shortage of capital on the continent for bankable projects in Africa. The challenge is in creating the environment to encourage project developers to take on risk and engage effectively with public and private sector institutions with specific facilities and mandates to participate in the financing and development of early stage project development.

This unique, CEO-level Summit will bring together the critical decision makers from across Africa’s project development community for a dynamic public-private sector engagement on how to strengthen the project developer community and ecosystem in Africa to better facilitate and unlock developer finance, investment and co-development partnerships.

For more information please contact Renee Montez-Avinir on +27 11 783 2431 or rmontez@africainvestor.com

3 May 2017

07h00 – 08h30

Private invitation only breakfast session

08h00-09h00

Registration

09h00-09h15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

09h15-09h30

Keynote Address

09h30 – 10h30

Leaders’ Roundtable: Project Development in Africa:
Risks and Opportunities

This scene setting session will discuss the business environment,
challenges, solutions and global benchmarks and best practices
for project development in Africa. What project development risks
do developers face and what industry developments would aid
their growth and appetite to take more early stage project risk?

10h30 – 11h00

Networking Break

11h00 – 12h00

Leaders’ Workshop: Negotiating Co-Developer
Agreements and Structuring Investment Instruments

Expert advisors will share best practices and risk management approaches for negotiating co-developer agreements and structuring investment instruments to attract long-term capital and accelerate financial close.

12h00 – 14h00

Ai Project Development Forum Leaders’ Networking
Lunch

This lunch session will feature a presentation on the Project Development Forum’s 2016 initiative to establish the Ai African Co-Development & Finance Platform, and canvass delegates on how the Forum can best engage stakeholders on crowding in private capital to project development.

14h00 – 14h50

Building the Pipeline of Bankable Energy Projects

The session will open with a sectorial keynote on the risks and opportunities in the energy sector and how project development can be accelerated. Then project developers will use examples of both successful projects and those still in the pipeline, in an interactive discussion on the needs of potential investors, with audience input from investors, strategic partners and industry
experts.

14h50 – 15h40

Building the Pipeline of Transport and ICT Projects

The session will open with a sectorial keynote on the risks and
opportunities in the transport and ICT sector and how project
development can be accelerated. Then project developers will
use examples of both successful projects and those still in the
pipeline, in an interactive discussion on the needs of potential
investors, with audience input from investors, strategic partners
and industry experts.

15h40-16h00

Networking Break

16h00 – 16h50

CEO Dialogue: Project Development as the Key
Driver for Infrastructure Investment

Moody’s research confirms that Africa has the lowest project finance default rate of all regions around the world, so why do perceived project development risks still slow Africa’s infrastructure development? CEOs in this session will discuss the benefits of project development being recognized as a formal project stage with its own risk and reward matrix. Panelists will highlight innovative structures to convert project development risk into
financial risk, so that project development and project developers
can attract investment from venture capital and institutional
investors.

16h50 – 17h40

Ministerial Roundtable of Africa50 Shareholders

Africa50 shareholder Ministers will discuss what they look for in project developers, and what they have done to facilitate infrastructure project development and investor protection in their countries.

17h40 – 17h50

Closing Remarks

17h50 – 18h50

Ai Infrastructure Project Developer Awards Ceremony

The Ai Infrastructure Project Developer Awards are unique Awards that recognise achievements across the main infrastructure project development sectors in Africa and reward the personalities and institutions, both public and private sector as well development finance institutions fostering and driving early stage infrastructure, project development across the continent.

19h00 – 20h30

Cocktail Reception