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    PPP in Niger: CEO of ACT sharing his knowledge and experience

    The Niger Public Private Partnership(PPP) Support Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, in partnership with the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and AFD (French Development Agency) held in Niamey from 09 to 12 December 2012 a workshop to build awareness and share experience with key stakeholders on PPP techniques.

    As a PPP expert amongst others, Mr. Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, CEO of the Dakar-based Africa Consulting & Trading (ACT), participated, under an invitation from UNDP, in this important national event, which was particularly crucial following the Paris-held Roundtable on the "Financing the Development, Economic and Social Plan (PDES) for Niger for 2012-2015". The Paris roundtable which helped raise USD 5 billion to support the financing of the ambitious PDES fully demonstrated the commitment of the Government of Niger to work towards financing the development of the country by exploring all options.

    Thus, Mr. Diong presented to the participants the PPP options/techniques and best practices as well as the prospects and challenges faced by Niger in implementing them, before moderating a panel comprising of the key technical ministries on "the legal and regulatory framework and PPP opportunities for infrastructure development in Niger. " The interventions of Mr. Diong were greatly appreciated by all involved parties who are committed to continuing the efforts initiated under this workshop to further develop other capacity building activities based on best practices on institutional and financial arrangements for PPP in complex projects.

    Following this workshop, a press conference was held by the organizers, during which Mr. DIONG returned to his broad international and african professional experience on PPP matters, particularly his 4-year high level experience with the Government of Senegal, where he held many senior positions and led/contributed in several PPP projects in infrastructure sectors, including the mobilization of the long term funding for the under construction new International Airport Blaise Diagne, the establishment of Senegal Airlines and the development of independent power production projects.