In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerating and scaling up infrastructure development in Africa matters more than ever. In this context and in conjunction with the Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) 2021-2030 process, the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), and the OECD Development Centre (DEV) are jointly organising a High-Level Technical meeting, with financial and technical support from the German Organisation for International Development (GIZ) on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The High Level Technical Meeting on “21st Century Infrastructure in Africa: promoting the use of the PIDA Quality Label and the African Infrastructure Peer Learning Platform” will take place on 19 January from 12h00-13h30 (GMT+3) through the Zoom videoconferencing platform. The aim of this High Level Technical Meeting is to discuss how to accelerate the implementation of two main recommendations, which the OECD Development Centre and ACET put forward in their joint report of July 2020 “Quality Infrastructure in 21st Century Africa: Prioritising, Accelerating and Scaling Up in the Context of PIDA (2021-30)”:
- Promote the use of the PIDA Quality Label as a reference standard for infrastructure projects across Africa;
- Create a platform for knowledge sharing and peer learning and a community of practice to speed up the building of capabilities of infrastructure professionals and stakeholders across Africa.
The High Level Technical Meeting will focus on high level implementation of the recommendations for the period 2021-2024, to include identifying key stakeholders and partnership opportunities; knowledge and capacity needs; and alignment with regional and global initiatives and institutions.