At the ‘European Union - African Union Ministerial Summit’ in April 2014, the parties affirmed their commitment to cooperate in fields such as geological surveys, mineral resources governance, investment, infrastructures, skill development and waste management. The workshop was jointly organised by the African Union Commission and the European Commission as part of the development angle of the ‘EU Raw Materials Strategy’ and the ‘Joint Africa-EU Strategy’ (JAES). Technical and political events had already been held in the other two areas of Africa-EU cooperation in the raw materials field, namely on governance and on geological knowledge and skills. The March 2015 event was the first to address infrastructure. This is needed because the cost of moving goods in Africa is two to three times higher than it is in developed countries.
Speakers and delegates at the event included:
- government officials and high level experts in the African Union and its Member States who work in the areas of extractive industries and/or infrastructure;
- staff from the private sector, international organisations and civil society stakeholders;
- actors involved in infrastructure programmes and projects.
Taking into account the different viewpoints in the area of infrastructure, the delegates led a balanced discussion on how to support infrastructure needs in the African raw materials sector and how to stimulate investment. The discussion ensured coherence between two streams of work within JAES: infrastructure and raw materials. The main aim was to discuss and map the infrastructure needs of the raw materials sector. Opportunities to support these needs within existing and planned projects and networks were discussed. The workshop also looked into innovative approaches to stimulate investment in the sector. Recommendations on the way forward on infrastructure development in the raw materials sector were formulated.
On this page, you can find the various presentations made at the event. Session one took stock of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy to pave the way to future collaboration. Session two shed light on focus areas and lessons learned from existing support programmes for infrastructure development. Session three looked at the barriers to investment in the raw materials sector. In session four, promising investment policy case studies were shared. Session five was dedicated to mapping the infrastructure needs of the raw materials sector. Session six dealt with innovative approaches to infrastructure funding to address the enormous investment needs that cannot be covered by the public sector alone. The last session seven was on raw materials-related infrastructure funding through economic diversification and related initiatives.