The 12th edition of this Pan African meeting took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Led by the General Manager, Patrice MELOM, the Port Authority of Kribi actively contributed to the event.
Transport infrastructures: A Catalyst of Regional Emergence. More than 400 experts gathered at Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé to tackle this theme during the 12th edition of the Africa Infrastructure Forum (AIF2019). A real windfall for the Port Authority of Kribi who seized the opportunity to promote its activities.
Organised under the auspices of the Prime Minister, Head of the Government, who personally opened the event, AIF2019 was a platform of experience-sharing in the domain of transport infrastructure. For 2 days, the delegation of PAK, led by the General Manager actively participated in the various activities of the event. Patrice MELOM, who was among the event’s panellists, shared his experience as manager of a state-of-the-art port infrastructure. PAK General Manager tackled the issue pertaining to the place of the private sector in executing and implementing transport infrastructure construction projects. To the question: “Is involving the private sector a strategic requirement?”, the example of the construction of the Kribi Industrial Port Complex was showcased as a model with several types of public-private partnership (PPP). According to PAK General Manager, the Government of Cameroon has understood very fast the need to bank on the dynamism of the private sector to boost the development of land and port infrastructures. Thus, answering that question, Patrice MELOM was of the opinion that “the public and the private sectors should work hand in glove provided that both parties feel comfortable. The Government should get off its powerful ivory tower and encourage dialogue so that each party benefits.”
I-conference, the firm in charge of organizing the event scheduled next year’s edition for 12 – 13 November 2020.