23 July 2021
PIA meeting with the IFC
The PIA had a constructive discussion with IFC’s Stephanie von Friedeburg and Sérgio Pimenta on the institution’s priorities for the continent. There is a clear focus on private sector collaboration and recovery-focused investments given the impacts of Covid-19.
08 June 2021
PIA meeting with the World Bank
During May 2021, the PIA met with senior members of the World Bank Africa team to discuss the recovery of the African continent in the wake of Covid-19. We had a vibrant discussion around the vaccine roll-out and its link to economic recovery. Other topics included regional and global trade, debt relief and revenue mobilisation. While the medium-term outlook for the continent is broadly positive, increased private sector investment remains dependent on a stable investment climate. read more
16 April 2021
PIA meeting with EU institutions
On 30 March, the PIA met with Koen Doens, Director General – DG International Partnerships (INTPA), European Commission and Richard Amor, Head of Corporate lending, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and Latin America, at the European Investment Bank (EIB) to discuss the institutions’ approach to Africa. The dialogue highlighted the clear role of the private sector in the continents recovery, in the context of Covid-19. The EU values the PIA’s ongoing structural engagements. read more
18 December 2020
PIA meeting with the Government of Zambia
At the end of November 2020 the PIA members held discussions with the government of Zambia regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the country and the outlook for the economy. The Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, gave an outline regarding the prioritization of various economic sectors, private sector incentives and the impact of the ACFTA on trade. The group also had a constructive meeting with the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Zambia, who provided insights on the countries debt, the role of the private sector and plans to ensure economic recovery. read more
09 November 2020
PIA virtual meeting with the IMF African Department
On 28 October 2020, the PIA members conducted their annual meetings with the IMF African department on a virtual conference call. The IMF gave an open and frank presentation on the economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole and specific presentations on the economic climate in Ghana, Mozambique, Ethiopia and South Africa. Looking ahead the meeting provided important insights regarding the actions required to ensure economic sustainability and the opportunities for attracting private sector investment in the region. read more
07 October 2020
PIA virtual visit to Nigeria in September 2020
The PIA held virtual meetings with high ranking officials in the Nigerian government on 24 September 2020.
17 June 2020
PIA virtual meeting with the Bretton Woods organisations in June 2020
The PIA hosted a virtual meeting with Ms Von Friedeburg, COO of IFC, Mr De Lannoy, executive Director of IMF and Mr Hafez Ghanem, VP of the World Bank for Africa to discuss plans to address the impact of Covid-19 on the African continent.
17 June 2020
PIA visit to Ethiopia in February 2020
In February 2020, the PIA executives visited Ethiopia where the group met with the Presidency, key ministries and development institutions.