Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI)

African leaders have re-emphasised the importance of committed political leadership as a key prerequisite for development success. They are sponsoring and championing specific regional infrastructure projects to fast-track regional integration and intra-African trade.

The Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI) was born out of a proposal by President Jacob Zuma to accelerate regional infrastructure development enabled through the political championing of projects. This proposal was made during the 23rd Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee meeting in Kampala, Uganda, in July 2010. The role of the champions is to bring visibility, unblock bottlenecks, co-ordinate resource mobilisation and ensure project implementation. It presents the opportunity for African Heads of State and Government to be actively involved in the development and implementation of projects.

Initially eight projects were identified to be championed by the seven selected Heads of State and Government. Most of these...

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The objective of the PICI is to ensure that the projects are implemented within a five year timeframe, so as to fast-track regional integration. In this context implementation is defined as the advancement of the project from pre-feasibility to feasibility phase, or from feasibility to construction, or simply that demonstrable evidence of progress is available.

In the ever-changing world economy, Africa is still seen as a continent of opportunity – a destination of choice for many investors and development actors. Despite the ongoing global economic turmoil, Africa still presents a high-growth market and needs to take advantage of this. Although rich in resources, the continent lacks the necessary infrastructure to reap the benefits of potential investment opportunities and to sustain its current economic growth and competitiveness. Bridging the gap in infrastructure is thus vital to economic advancement and sustainable development. However, this can only be achieved through regional and continental co-operation and solution-finding.

The Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI) was born out of a proposal by President Jacob Zuma to accelerate regional infrastructure development enabled through the political championing of projects. This proposal was made during the 23rd Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee meeting in Kampala, Uganda, in July 2010. The role of the champions is to bring visibility, unblock bottlenecks, co-ordinate resource mobilisation and ensure project implementation. It presents the opportunity for African Heads of State and Government to be actively involved in the development and implementation of projects.

Initially eight projects were identified to be championed by the seven selected Heads of State and Government. Most of these projects were endorsed by the 16th AU Assembly in January 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, while others, such as the LAPSSET Corridor Project, later joined the PICI family, thus making the total number of projects nine, championed by eight Heads of State and Government. South Africa, under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma, chairs the PICI. The projects cover four infrastructure sectors, namely transport, energy, ICT and transboundary water.

The proposal was jointly developed by the NEPAD Agency and the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation into a Technical Concept Paper, and eventually the PICI, with a fixed reporting structure and implementation strategy.

The objective of the PICI is to ensure that the projects are implemented within five years (2010–2015). In this context implementation is defined as the advancement of the project from pre-feasibility to feasibility phase, or from feasibility to construction, or simply that demonstrable evidence of progress is available.

Results:

Great progress has been made in the implementation of the PICI projects. Under the strategic leadership of His Excellency, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the regional optic fibre project, connecting all five capital cities of the East African Community (EAC) Member States, was completed.

The construction of the 125 km missing link (Package I) of the Trans-Sahara Highway, connecting Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia, Mali and Chad commenced in July 2015, while Package II (100Km) of this project is expected to begin in 2016. It is estimated that both packages will be completed in 2017.   

The Algeria section of the Optic fibre Link between Algeria and Nigeria via Niger has been completed and is now fully operational, driving improved internet and speed, and reducing the costs for ICT services. It is expected that the optic fibre will be further extended to the other neighbouring states.

The Dakar-Bamako Rail Project has been prioritised by the Government of Senegal as the first phase of the Project. It entails the construction of a new railway network with standard gauge, running from Dakar-TambacoundaKedougou (in Senegal) - Keniebu-Bamako-Bougouni-Sikasso (in Mali) - Bobo Dioulasso (in Burkina Faso). The project was featured as one of the bankable PIDA projects during the Dakar Financing Conference that was held in June 2014.  The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) will finance all technical studies, whilst the project implementation phase is expected to start before 2018.  

A number of hard and soft infrastructure issues and projects of the North-South Corridor Road Rail project are currently being addressed. To date there are various projects at various stages of the project life cycle comprised of road, rail, bridge, border posts and energy projects. The completion of the Beit Bridge Border Post as part of the North-South Corridor has been prioritised by the Government of South Africa.

The feasibility study for the road component of the Kinshasa-Brazzaville Bridge Road Rail project started in May 2011 and rail in June 2011. Rep. of Congo leading the road study and the Democratic Republic of Congo leading the rail study. The Maloukou Trechot site was selected for the bridge crossing following a feasibility study in 2012. The first phase of the detailed design study has been completed whilst the geotechnical studies for the bridge piles location will be completed during the dry season in 2016. 

The Construction of Navigational Line between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea , linking Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Ethiopia, DRC and Tanzania, is expected to be completed in 2024. Some components are expected to be operational as soon as 2017. A grant by the AfDB of USD 650 000 was approved in August 2015 and Feasibility Studies started in October 2015. 

The LAPSSET Transport Corridor Project is the latest addition to the PICI project list. Studies on LAPSSET Corridor were commissioned and completed in November 2011. The Studies concluded that each component of the project had good economic rate of returns. The construction of the LAPSSET plaza is completed as well as LAMU Port police station. Electric power has been delivered from Rabai to Lamu port to power the infrastructure. The Contractor for the construction of the first three berths (out of 32) is on site. The berths are expected to be completed in 2019 at an estimated cost of US$412Million. The Isiolo- Moyale road construction of about 505Km is expected to be completed in 2016. After construction, the berths will be operated by a private concession and the construction of the remaining berths will also be based on PPPs. 

 

Champion : H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya

Description : The project will entail various transport node developments

Estimated total cost : Sh2.7 trillion

RECs : COMESA, CEN-SAD, EAC, IGAD

Countries : South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya

Background : The LAPSSET Corridor Project is a Kenya Vision 2030 flagship project and is the first large,...

Champion : H.E. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt

Description : This project has various components focusing on water management and intermodal transport

Estimated total cost : To be determined

RECs : COMESA, IGAD, EAC and SADC

Countries : Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Ethiopia, DRC and Tanzania

Background : The project was...

Champion : H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda

Description : The use of political gravitas and goodwill to unblock and facilitate political bottlenecks affecting the implementation of ICT broadband and optic fibre projects on the continent

Estimated total cost : N/A

RECs : All RECs

Countries : All African countries

Background : The aim of this project...

 

Champion : H.E. President Denis Sassou Nguesso, the Republic of Congo

Description : The construction of a fixed crossing linking Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with Brazzaville in Republic of Congo

Estimated total cost : 367 Million Euros

RECs : ECCAS, CEMAC, SADC and COMESA

Countries : Republic of Congo and the DRC

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Champion : H.E. President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa

Description : Construction of a multi-modal trans-continental interconnector

Estimated total cost : N/A. Cost is based on the specific project within the corridor

RECs : N/A. Cost is based on the specific project within the corridor

Countries : South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania...

Champion : H.E. President Macky Sall of Senegal, Chair of NEPAD HSGOC

Description : An 8 715 km road/rail project which entails combining TAH 5 (Dakar to N’djamena) and TAH 6 (N’djamena to Djibouti)

Estimated total cost : USD2.21 billion for the road link and USD5.95 for the rail section

RECs : ECOWAS, ECCAS, COMESA and IGAD

Countries : Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger,...

Champion : H.E. President, Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

Description :  A 4 401 km natural gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria via Niger, and from Algeria to Spain

Estimated total cost : USD10 billion (48” line) and USD13.7 billion (56” line) (2006)

RECs : ECOWAS and AMU

Countries : Nigeria, Niger and Algeria

Background: The proposed gas pipeline...

Champion : H.E. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria

Description : Installation of 4 500 km of terrestrial optic fibre cable

Estimated total cost : USD80 million

RECs : ECOWAS and AMU

Countries : Algeria, Niger, Nigeria and Chad

Background : The 4 500 km optic fibre line will run from Algeria (2 500 km), through Niger (950 km) to Nigeria (850 km...

Champion : H.E. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria

Description : Construction of 225 km of road between Assamakka and Arlit, Niger

Estimated total cost : USD102 million

RECs : ECOWAS and AMU

Countries : Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia, Mali and Chad

Background: The Trans-Sahara Highway is an important regional trade route spanning Algeria,...

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