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IFC, Japan Promote Japanese Private Sector Participation in Africa’s Water Sector

Johannesburg, November 25, 2013 – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and the Development Bank of South Africa today convened a meeting of representatives from Japanese and South African companies, government, development agencies to explore opportunities to increase public and private investment and partnerships in the water sector in Southern Africa. The ‘Water Works’ seminar will focus on knowledge sharing in the areas of water supply, waste water and reuse, acid mine drainage, and improved efficiency.
Shinichi Asazuma, Minister at the Embassy of Japan to the Republic of South Africa, said, “Public-private partnerships play an important role in providing access to safe water and sanitation in Africa, and we are ready to support Japanese firms in investing in infrastructure on the continent. Our activities in this regard are an important part of Japan’s efforts on private sector participation in development.”
Today, 2.5 billion people globally lack access to sanitation and at least 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Only 62 percent of Africans have access to safe water and 60 percent have access to adequate sanitation, the lowest rates in the world. Global estimates of economic losses from the lack of access to water and sanitation are estimated at $260 billion every year.
Water Works will consider the role PPPs can play in addressing some of the challenges faced by the water sector in Southern Africa. While PPPs present a promising model for collaboration in the sector, with many successful examples and case studies from across the region, their implementation is often hampered by a lack of knowledge sharing between various actors.
Emmanuel B. Nyirinkindi, IFC Senior Manager of Advisory Services in Public Private Partnerships for the Africa region said, ”In Sub-Saharan Africa, rapid urbanization and high population growth mean that national governments are struggling to deliver access to water for their citizens. Partnerships between the private sector and governments can improve access to safe, affordable water and sanitation in a sustainable manner and help people live healthier and more prosperous lives.”
Following a successful event on PPPs last year, this seminar in partnership with JICA and DBSA included presentations from a range of public and private sector officials and experts. Speakers represented the Embassy of Japan to the Republic of South Africa, South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs, IFC, DBSA, JICA, Bigen Africa Services, WEC Projects, JETRO, eThekwini Municipality, the Water Stewardship Council, Prentec, Mintail, WRP Engineers, Yokogawa, NEC Europe, Suez Environment, Sembcorp and the Nepad Business Foundation.
About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit and .
About JICA
As Japan’s official development assistance implementation agency, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of Japanese and global economy by supporting the socioeconomic development, recovery or economic stability of developing regions.
About DBSA
The focus of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) investment activities is on infrastructure funding, broadly defined, and it aims to act as a catalyst to maximize private sector access to opportunities in the provision of public funding. The main objectives of the Bank are the promotion of economic development and growth, human resource development, institutional capacity building and the support of development projects in the region. Its ancillary objectives are to assist other international, national, regional and provincial initiatives in order to achieve an integrated finance system for development, and to assist national, international and private sector bodies in the management of specific funds.
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