PPIAF held its annual Program Council Meeting in Dakar from May 20-22, 2015. The meeting was attended by various participants from its donor group, Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), World Bank and PPIAF staff. The meeting included a visit to the highly successful Dakar-Diamniadio toll road, one of the first toll roads to be built through PPPs in sub-Saharan Africa (excl. South Africa), and which benefited from early PPIAF support. Please read a blog written on the visit to the Dakar-Diamniadio toll road by Laurence Carter, Director of PPP Group at the World Bank.
In addition, PPIAF and the World Bank organized a round table of key officials from Senegal, including the Minister of Partnerships, the PPP task force, the Mayor of Dakar, regulators, utilities and regional investors to share their past experience in cooperating with PPIAF, and express their needs and expectations for further support.
The meeting also provided an opportunity for good discussions and positive feedback on PPIAF’s activity for Fiscal Year 2015 and the work plan for Fiscal Year 2016. The donors acknowledged the satisfactory implementation of the Strategy and Business Plan for the first year of the 2015-2017 period. The donors also expressed their appreciation at PPIAF’s reinforcing its footprint in Africa, as evidenced by the opening of its office in West Africa in Dakar, whose staff participated in the meeting.
The issue of Governance was also discussed extensively over proposed reforms to PPIAF’s charter and draft operating principles, with the donors contributing a number of suggestions which will now be incorporated in a new amended version of the charter and operating principles.