Mr Davies Pwele
Senior Vice President & Head Southern Africa Business Development Division
Development Bank of Southern Africa
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Industry / Sector
Infrastructure, Logistics, Power & Energy
Davies Pwele MBA (Finance) - UK
Head: SADC Coverage, Business Development – Development Bank of Southern Africa
Davies has played in the management level executive space with over sixteen years banking experience in the fields of Corporate, Trade and Project Finance as well as Investment Banking. His experience and networks cut across Africa in business development and transaction structuring in sectors of Energy (oil & gas, coal, renewables.), Mining, ICT, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Transport (ports, rail, and road). He is currently the Head of SADC leading the business development and structuring team of the DBSA Coverage Division with primary focus on infrastructure projects across Africa in Energy, Transport and Water sectors. Davies holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Demography and Economics from the University of Zambia and an MBA in Finance from the University of Lincoln in the UK.
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) was established in 1983 to perform a broad economic development function within the homeland constitutional dispensation that prevailed at the time. In 1997 the DBSA was reconstituted in terms of the Development Bank of Southern Africa Act, as a development finance institution (DFI). Its primary purpose is to promote economic development and growth, human resource development and institutional capacity building by mobilising financial and other resources from the national and international private and public sectors for sustainable development projects and programmes in South Africa and the wider African continent (“the region”).
Its regulations provide for a sharp focus on infrastructure development, especially in South Africa, where it is located in a development finance system in which various DFI’s have been given specific areas of focus to limit duplication and unnecessary overlaps.
The constitution and conduct of the DBSA Board of Directors are primarily governed by the DBSA Act (No 13 of 1997) and further regulated by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), the principles of the King III Report and the Protocol on
Corporate Governance in the Public Sector.
The DBSA Mission is to advance the development impact in the region by expanding access to development finance and effectively integrating and implementing sustainable development solutions to:
•Improve the quality of life of people through the development of social infrastructure
•Support economic growth through the investment in economic infrastructure
•Support regional integration
•Promote sustainable use of scarce resource
The DBSA has refined its strategic objectives to support its transformation journey and have defined the following three key strategic objectives:
•Sustained growth in developmental impact: Grow each of our businesses aggressively to maximise developmental impact.
•Integrated infrastructure solutions provider: Provide integrated infrastructure solutions, across the value chain and be the partner of choice for infrastructure solutions.
•Financial sustainability: Maintain profitability and operational efficiency to enable growth in equity and fund developmental activities.
Priority markets and activities
DBSA primarily plays a key role in the preparation, funding and building phases of the infrastructure development value chain. The diagram below illustrates the various services as well as the key targets markets per value chain segments.