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Infrastructure Development Cluster – 2012 Report. Energy. ICT. Transboundary Water. Mining. Transport. Energy Focus Areas. Development of a gender-sensitive bioenergy frame­work & policy guidelines for Af­rica that will pro­mote local decent employment in bioenergies

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Infrastructure development cluster 2012 report

Infrastructure Development Cluster – 2012 Report



Transboundary Water



Energy focus areas
Energy Focus Areas

Development of a gender-sensitive bioenergy frame­work & policy guidelines for Af­rica that will pro­mote local decent employment in bioenergies

Development of public-private partner­ships (models) to finance implementa­tion of rural en­ergy infrastructure development


  • A Pan-African bioenergy framework & guidelines complete & validated in Oct 2012

    • Currently being discussed at the All Africa Energy Week (12-13 Nov 2012)

    • Will be presented to CEMA for endorsement (16 Nov) & HoS&G in Jan 2013 for adoption

  • Two reports on PPP development & pvt sector participation prepared & presented to Pan African Investment Forum

Ict focus areas
ICT Focus Areas

  • Implementation, within the framework of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI), of: the Declarations of the African Union Heads of State; and Resolutions of the AU Ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies (MCIT) and the AU Ministers in charge of Science and Technology (AMCOST).

  • Assessing the outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Connect Africa Summit Goals.

    • The harmonization of ICT policies in sub-Sahara Africa (HIPSSA) Project


  • Series of stakeholders workshops on harmonization of cyber legislation & cyber security: 28 Nov-2 Dec 2011, Libreville; 20-22 Feb 2012, Abidjan; 9-11 May 2012, Rabat; 20-22 June & 30-31 Sep 2012, Addis Ababa; 2 Sep 2012, Khartoum.

  • African Union Convention on Cybersecurity adopted by AU CIT ministers in September 2012 in Khartoum to be tabled at the Summit of African HoS&G in 2013

  • Support was provided to ECCAS, ECOWAS & SADC to develop model Cybersecurity Laws and regulatory framework, under HIPSSA

  • Stakeholders meting was organized with RECs and other stakeholders to review and validate the Assessment Report of the Connect Africa Summit Goals, Addis Ababa, July 2012


  • A SADC e-commerce strategy was developed and adopted by the SADC Conference of ICT Ministers in April 2012 in Mauritius

  • An e-employment project was rolled out in selected ECCAS countries and a sub-regional workshop on e-employment held in Libreville from 12-13 November 2012

  • Letters of support was secured for dotAFRICA from 70% of African Governments to promote development of local digital content and development of Internet across the continent; and Early Warning objections are currently being fielded in favour of Dot Africa to ICANN

  • The first African Internet Governance Forum was held from 2-4 October 2012 in Cairo

  • The African Geodetic Reference Frame (AFREF) annual workshop and SC were held from 11-13 Oct 2012 in Nairobi

  • Study and capacity building for COMESA on cybersecurity and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) underway

Transport focus areas
Transport Focus Areas

Development of trans-African Highway (TAH) -- a roadmap adopted by African Ministers of Transport Conference in Luanda in Nov 2011 & endorsed by AU HoSG Summit in Addis Ababa in Jan 2012

Trade & transport facilita­tion in Africa – a compendium of legal instruments aiming to facilitate trade and transport in order to make easier their access and use.

Achievements immediate plans
Achievements & immediate plans

  • Consultants are being recruited to form working group for preparing harmonized norms for the continent.

  • First African Road Safety Day will be launched on 18 Nov 2012

  • Two training workshops on Road Safety data management will be held on 19-21 Nov 2012

Water management development focus areas
Water Management & Development Focus Areas

Implementation of African Water Vision 2025 of the AU

Meeting the Millennium Devel­opment Goals for water

Water Development for Regional Economic Integration Africa

Sustainable Management of Transboundary Aquifers in Africa

Groundwater Governance in Africa

Groundwater Resources Investigation for Drought Mitigation in Africa Programme and Africa Drought Monitor


Various UN agency training programmes at national & regional levels initiated

Workshop on Economic & Social Valuation of Water and Ecosystem Goods and Services

Coordination of AMCOW 4th African Water Week Theme II Session on

Support for AU/AMCOW Pan African Water & Sanitation Monitoring, Evaluation Framework launched at 4th African Water Week in Cairo (May 2012).


Snapshot on Drinking Water and Sanitation in Africa - 2012 Update( AMCOW/UNICEF/WHO)

Support to AMCOW’s Africa Region preparatory process for the 6th World Water Forum and co-organizing the target 1 session at the forum

Support to countries to improve WATSAN service provision for the urban poor & leverage resources for scale up under Water for African Cities Programme/LVWATSAN and Lake Tanganyika Water and Sanitation Initiative


Ten Year Review of Transboundary Waters Publication

Extensive Contributions on the 6th World Water Forum Africa Region

Holding a 2nd workshop of ISARM for ECCAS sub-region held in Douala from 15-17 Oct 2012

Organising regional consultation on groundwater governance Nairobi from 29-31 May 2012

High resolution Groundwater survey following WATEX technology conducted in Ethiopia & Kenya.


Need for mobilizing resource to undertake planning and implementation of joint cluster activities

Inter cluster collaboration and coordination not adequate

Lack of primary data (esp. for water and energy)

Commitment of all stakeholders and partners could improve

Mainstreaming of crosscutting issues (climate, gender, productive work, etc) not sufficient esp. in energy & transport

Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

ICT is overall crosscutting & should be integrated in all clusters, hence collaboration mechanisms should be sought with other clusters

High level & quality of experts participating leads very rich discussions and important outcomes

Involving key partners & ownership of activities by the beneficiaries essential for implementation of activities

The availability of framework of cooperation between institutions is important for resource mobilisation

Sub cluster on minerals
Sub-cluster on Minerals ?

Activities on mining are included in the AU TYCBP

Heads of State and Government requested implementation of the Africa Mining Vision

Establishment of the African Mining Development Centre (AMDC)

Need for the creation of a Sub-Cluster on Mining alongside Energy, Water, ICT and Transport

Direction is sought from the RCM