ACRIS II provides unrivaled opportunities for international participants to integrate their technologies, services and solutions into Africa’s climate resilient development plans.
The Africa Union Commission (AUC), Department of Infrastructure and Energy, is organizing on April 20-21 the second annual edition of the Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS II) produced by GRV Global www.grvglobal.com/acris16w.
Following the successes of ACRIS I, Addis Ababa will once again play host to this significant forum. ACRIS provides unrivaled opportunities for international participants to integrate their technologies, services and solutions into Africa’s climate resilient development plans, as the continent begins to develop its own vast infrastructure requirements. ACRIS presents a cost-effective medium for you to learn about government and private projects ready for investment and/or implementation, to personally undertake private, pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings that allow for in-depth conversations on relevant projects and opportunities, a networking zone/exhibition for showcasing your expertise, and a cultural gala dinner to unwind, relax and further develop contacts.
This year, ACRIS II will also feature a series of special sessions organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the World Bank.
It is said that close to $100 billion will be required to meet Africa’s infrastructure needs over the next decade. Much of the needed investment is in long-lived infrastructure, such as power stations, roads, reservoirs and irrigation canals, which are vulnerable to changes in climate patterns. As demonstrated in a recent report by the World Bank and UNECA, failure to integrate climate change into the planning and design of this infrastructure could lead to major negative development impacts, such as crop losses, traffic disruptions, reduced power production and higher energy costs (World Bank report: – http://hdl.handle.net/10986/21875
To assist African countries with their institutional and human capacity development for systematic integration of climate change considerations into the planning and design of long-lived investments, the World Bank, the Africa Union Commission and the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa teamed up to develop a program of analytical work on Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa’s Infrastructure (ECRAI). A major outcome of the program is the identification of the need for an Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility (Afri-Res), which was presented at the Africa Pavilion during the COP21 in Paris.
The Facility (Afri-Res) will develop guidelines, provide training, deliver on-demand advisory services, make data and knowledge tools more easily accessible, and ultimately help attract funding from various sources of development and climate finance to meet the incremental cost of climate-proofing Africa’s infrastructure.
|ACRIS Format||Special Sessions|
|Plenary Sessions||ECRAI Framework & Outputs Workshop @ UNECA|
|One-to-One Matchmaking Meetings||World Bank Africa Climate Business Plan Presentation|
|Networking & Exhibition Stands||Africa Climate-Resilient Investment Facility|
|Cultural Dinner & Socializing||Climate-Resilient Investment Planning Training @ UNECA|
ACRIS II enables participants to hear first-hand, from the industries leaders, how Africa will tackle developing climate-resilient infrastructure development. It further enables attendees to meet in person, discuss opportunities face-to-face, whilst the World Bank, AUC and UNECA special sessions further enable participants to learn the final outcomes of the ECRAI program, and to gather inputs for finalizing the design of the proposed Facility.
To be a part of this rare and valuable meeting, please direct any enquiry regarding attendance, speaking or sponsoring to Glen Fitzpatrick on +44 (0)20 3817 5317 or GFitzpatrick@grvglobal.com