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African Public and Private Sector Leaders Gather to Uncover Success in Public Private Partnerships and Project Finance

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Neoedge Finance Edge to Hold Successful Public Private Partnerships & Project Finance in Johannesburg, South Africa on 24th-27th July 2012.

Johannesburg, South Africa, June 01, 2012 –(– The upcoming Successful Public Private Partnerships & Project Finance 2012 – Well researched and designed for African companies, to address all the critical issues on the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Project Finance in developing public infrastructure in Africa, PPP contract mechanisms, sources of finance, risk analysis in PPPs, financial structuring of PPPs, Public-sector evaluation and procurement of PPPs, and PPPs in the power, transport and social infrastructure sectors.

According to Herman Zaidin, Head Consultant at Neoedge, “Africa is unique and this master class aims to begin with an in-depth understanding of how PPPs and project finance works, to contract mechanisms all the way to financial structuring and risk analysis.”

“We seek to push our participants to innovate with 2 group exercises. On the 4th day, we will see how PPP works in practice when we visit one of Africa’s largest PPPs, caleed, The Gautrain Project, to learn how they structure the project, its problems faced and the current situation,” Zaidin ended.

This master class will appeal to both the public and private sectors.

In the public sector, this masterclass will benefit officials from ministries of:
1. Finance, including PPP units
2. Transport
3. Power
4. Health
5. Public Works
6. Others

In the private sector, this course will benefit:
1. Bankers involved in infrastructure finance
2. Lawyers interested in improving their understanding of the commercial and financial background of PPPs
3. Construction companies and equipment suppliers interested in getting involved with PPPs

Zaidin envisioned, “Capacity building starts now. We need to understand the critical success factors of PPPs, how concepts translate into real progress, anticipate draining inhibitors, find effective solutions, learn from tried and tested best practices and most importantly, move beyond them and explore the avenues to innovate.”

Get more info and register online for the Successful Public Private Partnerships & Project Finance visit Neoedge’s event website.

About Neoedge Finance Edge

Neoedge is a top-notch business media and consulting company that aims to serve the corporate world with integrity and excellence by providing cutting edge business intelligences and creating high value networking opportunities.

Neoedge identifies pressing issues that the corporate world is facing. Neoedge events are developed based on careful and original research including extensive and direct interactions with potential participants in the market. Neoedge events are distinguished by delivering premier value to customers in a sustainable means.

Neoedge is headquartered in Singapore, Neoedge has been organising premier events all around the world including in Hamburg, Dubai, Accra, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mumbai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Perth, Manila, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai etc.

Neoedge is your long term reliable corporate business partner.

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“Blood diamond” regulation system broken

Khadija Sharife Last Modified: 25 Jul 2011
The recent regulatory approval of Zimbabwean diamonds for sale reveals deep flaws in the system.
The recent approval of Zimbabwean diamonds mined from the $800bn Marange fields by the Kimberley Process (KP) chair, the DRC‘s Mathieu Yamba Lapfa Lambang, has prompted a global “human rights” outcry with KP members such as Canada, the EU, and the US claiming there was “no consensus”.

Meanwhile, other countries like China (the world’s fastest growing diamond consumer market), and India (which cuts and polishes 11 of 12 stones) have all given the green light to Zimbabwe, removing any potential problems of surplus minerals from Marange, which has been described by Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti as “the biggest find of alluvial diamonds in the history of mankind”.

With potential revenues pegged at $1-1.7bn annually, the support of neighbouring governments like South Africa, another major diamond producer, and “host” country to 3 million Zimbabwean political and economic “refugees”, is not surprising. Nor is the potential KP rupture being shaped as a battle between politically “interfering” Western nations and cash-starved developing nations.

That Zimbabwe’s diamonds are mined under the direct surveillance of the country’s vicious military and controlled by brutal lifetime dictator Robert Mugabe is not in question. Since the discovery of Marange’s diamonds in 2006, the military has largely supervised mining; mass looting by political, corporate and military elites has occurred, accompanied by violent displacement and human rights violations; companies based in secret jurisdictions such as Mauritius and Hong Kong have been granted “due diligence” approval; and there exists complete opacity over volumes extracted, exported and sold.

But to what extent does the vehement opposition stem from political objections to a nation controlled by the blatantly anti-Western Mugabe? More broadly, was the KP system – propagating that less than one per cent of global diamonds constitute “blood” minerals – built for the purposes of eliminating corporate and state-sanctioned exploitation, or normalising and sanitising it? Read more.

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