Ministers to Address Future Infrastructure Development at the West Africa Infrastructure and Construction (WAIC) 2012 Summit

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Better infrastructure is key to accelerating Africa’s growth, reducing poverty and promoting regional integration. The forthcoming WAIC 2012 Summit in Ghana will be attended by ministers from across the region, highlighting the importance of the event for West Africa's future development.

Jean Bertin Ouedraogo, Minister of Infrastructure and Improved Access, Burkina Faso

Keynote speaker Jean Bertin Ouedraogo, Minister of Infrastructure and Improved Access, Burkina Faso

The number of international investment deals recently secured in the region come as a positive signal that change is ahead for West Africa.

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 Ghana’s 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
http://www.WAIC2012.com.

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