UK-China Infrastructure Alliance formed to cater for growing Africa population

A new alliance between UK and China business networks has been set up to promote commercial collaboration and knowledge-sharing to build high-quality, sustainable infrastructure projects across Africa.

We are a leading partner alongside China Railway International in the UK-China Infrastructure Alliance. With the support of both governments, the Alliance aims to support UK and Chinese businesses in developing competitive project solutions into the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

With a young and growing population, studies show that by 2075 the African continent will have some of the largest mega cities in the world. Yet Sub-Saharan African countries lag their peers in the developing world, particularly in regard to paved roads, water distribution and storage, sanitation, telephone main lines and power generation – which remains one of the biggest challenges.

Leon Ayo, President of the British Chamber of Business says:

The UK-China Infrastructure Alliance in Southern Africa is a valuable and tangible way of achieving our objectives -- via industry to industry co-operation.

“We are delighted to strengthen co-operation between our Chamber and Chinese industry as this will enable us to achieve sustainable and inclusive outcomes in Southern Africa. This includes public-private partnerships (PPPs) that encourage cooperative matchmaking for UK and Chinese businesses while upholding good, sustainable project finance standards.”

Wang Wenan, President of the South Africa China Economic and Trade Association adds:

We see the UK-China Infrastructure Alliance in Southern Africa as a creative platform which benefits the industries of both countries and eventually, the local Southern African market.

“China has many world-class infrastructure companies operating in this region and offering turnkey solutions to public and private clients, whereas the UK has a long history and excellent track record in providing service in finance, consulting and project management. Together we can achieve win-win-win outcomes in local markets.”

Annamari Uys, Director and Head of Private Public Partnership’s said:

The need for infrastructure in Africa is clear, and industry needs to take an active role.

“Not only is suitable infrastructure limiting growth, there is also a significant backlog in infrastructure maintenance and spending on maintenance. Positively however, in order to remain competitive on the continent, Chinese construction companies are increasingly partnering with public sector clients. “

For further information contact:

Cari Drysdale
Associate Director

t: + 27 (0) 11 214 1622