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The impact of COVID-19 on supply chains: Part 3

This third installment of a three-part series on supply chain resiliency and COVID-19 was written by Julia Thompson and published on LinkedIn. Read it here.  Read part one and part two.  Long-term impacts on the industry center on the role of technology in communications and operations Businesses will have to adapt to evolving consumers  This […]

The impact of COVID-19 on supply chains: Part 2

This second installment of a three-part series on supply chain resiliency and COVID-19 was written by Julia Thompson and published on LinkedIn. Read it here.  Access to detailed, real-time data is key for resilience Enhanced communication and collaboration emerges as a response to COVID-19 This article is the second of a three-part series that aims […]

The impact of COVID-19 on supply chains: Part 1

This first installment of a three-part series on supply chain resiliency and COVID-19 was written by Julia Thompson and published on LinkedIn. Read it here.  COVID-19 raises unique challenges to supply chain operations Supply chain players continue to adapt to supply and demand variations caused by COVID-19 Did you have difficulties finding canned goods, cleaning […]

Why pairing solar energy with battery storage was the solution to Mozambique’s energy challenge

CPCS designed Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest solar and battery storage procurement program Solar and battery combination is accelerating Mozambique’s objective to secure universal access to electricity by 2030 Solution alleviates grid constraints by providing energy to cities that need it the most Addressing energy demands in Mozambique  Mozambique’s generation potential of 187 gigawatts is greater than […]

7 climate funds in Africa for Canadian developers and clean tech companies

Trends and lessons learned to help Canadian developers and green companies secure climate funds in Africa  In 2009, parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change gathered in Copenhagen and committed to mobilize US $100 billion a year by 2020 in climate financing.   The purpose of these funds was to help low-income […]

Getting to financial close on PPPs: Aligning transaction advisor payment terms with project success

This article was originally published on World Bank Blogs on December 17, 2017. Getting to commercial close on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) transaction is a major milestone. But the deal is far from done. Getting from commercial close to financial close involves satisfying a long list of PPP contract Conditions Precedent, the terms, and conditions […]

Three criteria to better classify PPPs in Africa

This article was originally published on World Bank Blogs on May 15, 2018. It is broadly understood that public-private partnerships (PPP) are a procurement tool that encompass design, financing, construction and long-term operation of a public infrastructure by the private sector. They can be cost-effective thanks to adequate risk transfer and performance criteria, and help bridge […]

A health protocol to reopen the African skies?

This article was originally written in French and published on Jeune Afrique. Restricting flights to a few airports can help Africa develop an appropriate health protocol, says Jean-Marc Bourreau, CPCS’s Director of Aviation. Still reeling from the shock, the aviation sector has suffered a historic blow from the coronavirus crisis. In Africa alone, international passenger […]

Infrastructure investment perspectives during a pandemic

Infrastructure investors in ports, railways, airports and toll roads share their perspectives on how COVID-19 has affected the infrastructure asset class.  Pandemic impacts on infrastructure investments differ by sector Freight assets are withstanding the economic shock Deal flow and transactional processes have slowed considerably Investors stand behind their assets Governments must work with stakeholders to […]

Africa’s quest for railways: Bridging the gap between governments and investors

Are railway networks in Africa meeting transportation needs? Not quite. Here’s how to get there according to long-time CPCS rail expert George Kaulbeck. Bound by legacy  Some of the fastest growing economies in the world reside in Africa. But even as the continent edges towards a breakthrough, its rail infrastructure has yet to break free […]