Government Policy Process for Infrastructure Projects
Why do certain infrastructure projects move forward and other projects stay on the drawing board or stall? How do you decide which projects to choose? What role does policy play? And, of fundamental importance -- how do you pay for it? There are several academic theories about decision-making in government. A well-recognized model was developed…
Africa’s Infrastructure Backlog
Recently, we had an opportunity to review another great World Bank publication entitled Africa’s Infrastructure: A Time for Transformation edited by Vivien Foster and Cecilia Briceño-Garmendia and published in 2010.
Encouraging Pension Fund Investment into Infrastructure
Pension Funds are a major source of capital in the investment markets, especially the listed investment sector in many countries. One of the major sources of capital for National Standard Finance are Pension Funds.
Africa’s Financial Infrastructure
Financial infrastructure comprises a set of government managed financial institutions such as a central bank as well as privately owned market institutions, networks and shared physical infrastructure that enable the effective operation of financial intermediaries, the exchange of information and data, and the settlement of payments between wholesale and retail market participants.
Formulating Infrastructure Projects for Financing
Over our many years of experience, and our research on infrastructure financing, we have witnessed that poor project preparation is one of the main reasons for slow infrastructure rollout in many countries, particularly in emerging markets where experience often lacks, as the projects are then difficult to fund. Project sponsors need to assemble a competent…
DRC: The Heart of Africa
DRC leadership in action As part of our initiatives to fund and develop infrastructure in Africa, we recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”), what we believe to be the heart of Africa, on the invitation of the Minister of Finance, His Excellency Minister Henri Yav Mulang following the request of Snel, the national…
Leasing Versus Privatization and Public Private Partnerships
The term Public Private Partnership has become widely used globally and has many different meanings and understanding depending upon who you ask their opinion. The Nigeria government has recently began to Privatize Nigeria’s power industry as an example. A Public Private Partnership is a commercial relationship between a private sector company and a government agency…
Increasing Shared Prosperity and Accelerating Poverty Reduction
Strategic priorities We view the World Bank Group as an enabling vehicle that works with Governments to develop sustainable economies. The main objective is to increase shared prosperity, accelerate poverty reduction and reduce inequality among the World’s population. As part of its strategy, the Bank develops country partnership strategies and assistance programmes for many countries…
The American Sponsored Nigeria Marshall Plan Takes Action to Redirect Financial Crisis
Funding & Financial Stimulus to Nigeria States In Talks Seven newly elected Governors of Nigerian States are in talks and negotiations with National Standard executives in both Africa and the United States as well as members of our financial consortium from other parts of the world for funding to stimulate their state’s troubled economies. What…
An Interview with National Standard’s President, Hugo Barreca
Hugo Barreca, you are the President & COO of National Standard Finance, LLC and are based in the New York office.
Agricultural Infrastructure: A Guarantee to Job Creation, Poverty Reduction and Food Security
When we talk of infrastructure development, agricultural infrastructure is often the least mentioned, if mentioned at all! It’s not a surprise as people love to talk about power, roads, rail, airports, ports etc. It’s considered “sexy” to talk about these others, yet when we talk we forget that our tummies are full from agricultural produce! We forget, right?