September 18th in New York, officials from NEPAD, CEOs and African leaders met at NASDAQ headquarters to launch a campaign that could see Africa finance its stalling bankable projects.
In January 2012, the African Union Summit adopted a programme for five cross-border infrastructure projects.
According to the programme, 51 cross-border infrastructure programmes and 400 actionable projects in four sectors will be financed.
The East Africa where Rwanda belongs has a number of projects that fall in that catefory.
The most known among the many are; Standard Gauge Railway which is under construction, Power Generation, Transmission and Inter connectivity to mention but a few.
According to the World Bank, the continent needs to spend $93 billion annually (44% for energy; 23% for water and sanitation; 20% for transport; 10% for Information Communication Technology; and 3% for irrigation untill 2020 to bridge its infrastructure gap, which is currently removing an estimated 2% of Growth Domestic Product annual growth.
According to available figures, Africa has managed to close 158 project finance deals with debt totalling to $59billion over the decade 2004-2013, which represents only 5 percent of infrastructure investment needs and 12 percent of the actual financial flows.
The 5% Agenda campaign highlights that only a collaborative public-private approach can efficiently tackle these issues and calls for allocations of institutional investors to African infrastructure to be increased to the declared 5% mark.
Rwanda is a strong member of NEPAD since its inception in 2001.
Speaking at the launch of the event today, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, NEPAD Chief Executive Officer said that Infrastructure plays a leading role in supporting growth on the continent. He added that at the same time, it can represent an innovative and attractive asset class for institutional investors with long-term liabilities.”
Mayaki says that by launching the 5% campaign, “We invite investors to take advantage of the wide-ranging opportunities Africa has to offer and to move forward with what can only be a win-win partnership”.
The launch featured Nigerian billionaire and entrepreneur Tony O. Elumelu, who said: “Africa is getting stronger every day with new business opportunities and innovative ideas but what is still crucially missing is projects.