PPPC conference to discuss infrastructural gaps facing Malawi

Solutions on how the country can transform it’s infrastructural landscape through Private,Public,Partnership arrangement are expected  to dominate discussions at  the High Level International Conference which the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) has organised beginning from next week Monday in Lilongwe.

PPPC under the Ministry of finance in partnership with Africa Public Private Partnership Network being held under the theme ‘public Private Partnerships; Malawi’s Next Big Thing

Addressing  members of the media in Blantyre ahead of the conference on Monday which is expected to bring together PPP experts from across the globe , acting Chief Executive Officer for PPPC, Audrey Mwala said the conference is a unique platform for Malawi to show case it’s partnership opportunities in the key sectors of Energy, Transport, Tourism and health among others.

Mwala  said Government efforts alone is not sufficient to meet the  demands for the country’s infrastructure development  hence requiring private partnership.

Mwala however noted that Public Private Partnership is an a new concept in Malawi a development which has resulted to the Commission not to receive overwhelming response from the private sector hence the conference shall also be a platform for the commission to sale it’s mandate.

“Take for example in Africa, infrastructure needs are estimated to be between 130 to 170 united States dollars annually while the government is only able to provide between 68 united States dollars to 108 united States dollars of that amount. So you can imagine the deficit. This situation is equally true for Malawi,” said Mwala.

The three day conference which PPPC under the Ministry of finance in partnership with Africa Public Private Partnership Network being held under the theme ‘public Private Partnerships; Malawi’s Next Big Thing shall also facilitate high level networking,exhibitions,deal flows and exposure on possible solutions for infrastructure development.

The conference shall run from 24 th February  to 26th February at The Bingu International Conference Canter(BICC)

The Public Private Partnership Commission was established in 2011 by an Act of Parliament to facilitate the implementation of the public-private partnership programmes in Malawi.

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