AfDB announces US $2 billion fund with China

22/05/2014
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The African Development Bank (“AfDB”) and the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) on Thursday, May 22 entered into a US $2 billion co-financing fund to be known as the Africa Growing Together Fund (“AGTF”).  The resources from the AGTF are expected to be provided over a 10-year period and will be used alongside the AfDB’s own resources to finance eligible sovereign and non-sovereign guaranteed development projects in Africa.

Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group, commented that "the AGTF marks an important milestone in the long-standing relationship between China and the African Development Bank Group in particular and Africa in general." He added that "the AGTF will operate within the strategic framework, policies and procedures of the AfDB, including its integrated safeguards, thereby leveraging on the AfDB’s strengths.”

Commenting on the agreement, Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China, acknowledged the AfDB’s work over the last 50 years, and the great strides it has made in promoting growth and alleviating poverty. He stated that “the AfDB’s  rich experience, convening power and strong results-oriented culture made the Bank China’s ideal partner for channeling resources in support of long-term growth and development on the continent.”

Charles Boamah, Vice-President and CFO of the African Development Bank Group, stated that "the AGTF enables an additional US $200 million in more or larger-sized projects annually throughout Africa, on identical terms and conditions as for loans made by the AfDB itself to the same projects. This builds on the success of similar instruments such as the Nigeria Trust Fund, which has been in operation for close to 40 years." He expressed a hope that this model will be replicated with many more regional as well as non-regional member countries of the AfDB.

Following the signing, the AGTF will be immediately established, and is expected to be used to co-finance some projects before the end of this year.


Comments

Luke Wasonga - Kenya 24/05/2014 07:32
Increasing cross-continental cooperation within the framework of growing together would unlock significant potential for economic and social progress in Africa. The initiative would promote business and employment opportunities in many of the sectors of the economy. Synergies can be created in infrastructure, mining, agriculture, energy and communication sectors. Encouraging AfDB-China linkage provides the opportunity to create more value as a means to diversify away for the dependence on traditional development funding sources. It is also breakthrough to actualize South-East Cooperation .
Bicaba Aime - Côte d’Ivoire 22/05/2014 15:40
Good example for multilateral cooperation. Thanks China for this valuable investment through AfDB.
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