Working Paper 45 - Commercial Infrastructure in Africa: Potentials and Challenges

The above analysis centered on the commercializing of African infrastructure since the earl, l990s. As revealed by the analysis, African countries were reluctant to privatize infrastructure because of the perceived importance of the sector to the economy. Indeed even when privatization was pursued as second-best to commercialization and performance contracting under public-ownership, it was primarily on the basis of securing private-sector management without having to relinquish control of the entity. But the inability of African countries to overcome the economic down-draft of the Debt...

Cape Verde - Electricity Transmission and Distribution Network Development Project - ESMP Summary

Cape Verde aims to concentrate the generation of electricity on each island through the installation of stronger power production points, thus putting an end to the operation of older plants that have become inefficient in terms of production and environmental friendliness. Concentrating production requires that transmission and distribution networks fully cover the different islands and that they guarantee high levels of reliability preventing or minimizing the duration of power outages.

Gabon - Projet d’appui à la réhabilitation des infrastructures rurales (PARIR) - Plan PGES

Le présent rapport constitue le Plan de Gestion Environnementale et Sociale (PGES) relatif au projet d’Appui à la Réhabilitation des Infrastructures Rurales au Gabon et qui a été classé à la catégorie 2 selon les procédures d’évaluation environnementales et sociales (PEES) de la Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD). Le PGES a été préparé sur la base d’une visite sur le terrain et l’analyse de documents relatifs à ce projet et à son contexte environnemental et social. Le contenu et le format du PGES est en cohérence avec l’annexe 11 de la PEES.

RDC - Semi-Urban and Rural Electrification Project - ESMP Summary

DRC has the 4th hydro-electric power potential in the world, with 600 billion KWH and about thirty power stations mainly located in Katanga, in the eastern part of the country, and in BasCongo. Nearly 2.5% of this potential is currently tapped. Electricity is generated by the national utility, the National Electricity Corporation (SNEL), which is the only official operator in the electric power sector. Despite this potential, the obsolete installations and the low equipment rate are such that the current electrification rate is only about 1% in rural areas, 30% in urban areas, and a national...

Japan: Pre-TICAD7 Seminar - Financing for Project Implementation and Infrastructure and Energy Investment Opportunities in Africa

The African Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will organize a Pre-TICAD 7 Seminar on Thursday 14 February 2019 in Tokyo, on the theme: Financing for Project Implementation, Infrastructure, and Energy Investment Opportunities in Africa. While African economies have continued to maintain growth with gross domestic product reaching an estimated 3.5% and expected to rise to 4% in 2019, the demands of rising population, rapid urbanization, and consumer demands are affecting this growth. The continent requires between US$130 to US$170 billion a year for...

African Development Bank launches Pan-African Urban and Municipal Development Fund

The African Development Bank has launched the Urban and Municipal Development Fund, a multi-donor trust fund to scale up interventions in urban development and drive sustainable growth in cities across the African continent. The launch event, held on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at the Bank’s Abidjan headquarters, was attended by members of the business and diplomatic community in Cote d’Ivoire, development partners and donors, senior management of the Bank, representatives of municipalities from several African countries, and key players and stakeholders in the urban development space. His...

Barrage de Kandadji au Niger : la Banque africaine de développement présente à la cérémonie de lancement des travaux, aux côtés du président Issoufou

La Banque africaine de développement, représentée par sa directrice générale pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, était aux côtés du président nigérien Mahamadou Issoufou, mardi 26 mars, pour la cérémonie officielle de lancement des travaux de construction du barrage hydroélectrique de Kandadji, premier du pays, situé dans le Bassin du fleuve Niger. La Banque africaine de développement est le chef de file des partenaires sur ce programme à la fois...

Africa Investment Forum: Partners reaffirm commitment to close Africa’s infrastructure gap

The African Development Bank, heads of 34 leading financial institutions covering Africa and other partners of the Africa Investment Forum reaffirmed their commitment to “scale up, speed up, and synergize” efforts to deliver transformative projects across the continent. The meeting was also attended by lead partners of the Africa Investment Forum: African Export-Import Bank, Africa50, Trade Development Bank, Development Bank of South Africa, Africa Finance Corporation, European Investment Bank, and Islamic Development Bank. Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Southern Africa,...

Côte d'Ivoire - Project to upgrade access roads to border areas Phase 1 - Bondoukou-Soko-Ghana border segment - Appraisal report

Cross-border areas are crucial to the stability of West Africa. On the one hand, they bustle with commercial activity between border communities that share common cultural and ethno-linguistic characteristics. On the other hand, the porous nature of the borders fuels the proliferation of all types of trafficking that have increasingly transformed these areas into a security threat. The lack of basic services as well as the access and mobility difficulties in these areas have aggravated the instability, thus making these zones fragile. Accordingly, the WAEMU Community Action Programme on Road...

Somalia: African Development Bank Multi-Partner Infrastructure Fund to receive €1 million from Italy

The Italian Government has signed an agreement for an additional €1 million contribution to the Multi-Partner Somalia Infrastructure Fund. Established by the Bank in October 2016, the Fund is one of the financing windows under the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility of the New Deal Compact for Somalia. It aims to support and accelerate Somalia’s inclusive and sustainable economic recovery, peace and state building, through rehabilitation and development of the country’s infrastructure. This will be Italy’s third injection of funds to the Bank-managed Fund, bringing its total...

Mozambique: African Development Bank, Portugal and Mozambique sign MOU for “Lusophone compact” to accelerate private sector development

The African Development Bank and the governments of Mozambique and Portugal have signed a Mozambique-specific Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the Lusophone Compact. The Lusophone Compact is a financing platform, involving the Bank, Portugal, Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe, which provides risk mitigation, investment products and technical assistance to accelerate private sector development in Lusophone African countries. The signing which took place in Maputo, was witnessed by over 200 Mozambican and...

Sao Tomé & Principe : Don NEPAD-IPPF de 2 millions de dollars par la Banque africaine de développement pour la préparation et la structuration du projet d’aménagement d’un port en eau profonde

Le gouvernement de São Tomé & Príncipe  et la Banque africaine de développement ont procédé, le vendredi 1er mars 2019 à Abidjan, à la signature d’un accord de don de 2 millions de dollars USD, pour cofinancer les dépenses liées aux activités préparatoires du projet d’aménagement d’un port en eau profonde à Fernão Dias dans le nord du pays.  Ce financement a été mobilisé par la Banque, dans le cadre des ressources de la Facilit...

Côte d’Ivoire : la Banque africaine de développement appuie cinq projets transformateurs pour un montant de 275 milliards CFA

Le gouvernement ivoirien et la Banque africaine de développement ont procédé le jeudi 28 février 2019 à Abidjan, à la signature d’accords de financement de cinq projets en faveur de la Côte d’Ivoire pour un montant total de 275 milliards Francs CFA. Les différents projets portent sur le transport urbain, les infrastructures routières, l’électricité en milieu rural, l’agriculture et l’intégration sous régionale. Le projet de transport urbain d’Abidjan (PTUA), qui...

Interview avec Gilbert Mbesherubusa, directeur du département de l’infrastructure, BAD - L'infrastructure, priorité absolue pour l'Afrique

Question: L'Afrique présente toujours un déficit important en matière d'infrastructures. Il s’agit là d’un obstacle majeur pour le développement économique et l’amélioration des conditions de vie des populations. Comment la Banque s’attèle-telle à aider le continent à surmonter cet obstacle? Réponse : Le déficit d’infrastructures  reste important en Afrique. En milieu rural, seulement un tiers (34%) de la population du continent vit à moins de 2 km d’une route praticable en toute saison, alors que cette proportion est de pratiquement deux tiers (65%) dans d’autres régions du...

Visiting African Development Bank Governors from West Africa laud Bank’s transformative projects

Governors representing the African Development Bank West Africa region held consultative meetings with the institution’s President and senior management in Abidjan on Monday, where they took stock of the Bank’s accelerated engagement in the region. Three hundred and seventy transformative Bank projects valued at US $11.3 billion between 2010-2017, in the region, are changing lives and making a difference, the governors noted. These are the second annual consultative meetings, aimed at sharing views with the governors, after the first ever meetings in the history of the Bank...

Burkina Faso : les administrateurs de la Banque africaine de développement sur le terrain « pour mesurer le travail accompli et évaluer les besoins »

Une délégation d’administrateurs du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement s’est rendue du 17 au 21 février à Ouagadougou dans le cadre d’un voyage d’étude et d’entretiens d’évaluation avec les autorités locales et les bénéficiaires des projets financés par la Banque au Burkina Faso. Les administrateurs ont été reçus par le chef de l’Etat burkinabè, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, et par le Premier ministre, Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire, qui ont salué la coopération entre leur pays et la Banque.  « La Banque africaine de développement est un partenaire de taille pour le...

Les administrateurs de la Banque africaine de développement ont visité quatre projets au Burkina Faso

Evariste Yameogo ne cache pas sa joie. Le gérant du maquis « Respect Plus » à Sakoinsé, village de la commune rurale de Kokologho (province de Boulkiemdé) salue le raccordement de son établissement à l’électricité. Il a acquis un réfrigérateur-congélateur et son restaurant, qui emploie désormais 13 personnes, a les moyens de proposer de nouvelles prestations à sa clientèle. « Les coupures d’électricité sont rares et nous avons des...

Nigeria - Abia State Integrated Infrastructure Development Project (ABSIIDP) Preparation Studies - Appraisal Report

Abia is one of the 36 States in Nigeria with a resident population of 3.2 million, and another 300,000 persons visiting the State every day. The State sits on an area of 5,834 km2. Abia State is sufficiently linked with her surrounding neighbours via road, and serves as a commercial hub for Southeastern states with a cumulative total population of 20 million persons. The state is bordered towards the south by alluvial coastal plains, characterized by rain forest vegetation, abundance of solid mineral and petroleum resources as well as a large belt of wild plantations of arable land. The state...

African Development Bank President Adesina confident of “very promising future” for continent

"The future of our continent is looking very promising indeed," African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina declared in the opening words of his address to diplomats  at a lunch organised today, Tuesday, in Abidjan. Adesina referred to the Bank’s recent flagship publication, the African Economic Outlook 2019, which noted that the recovery in commodity prices is driving domestic demand and infrastructure investment, while real Africa’s GDP continued to improve in 2018 to 4.1%. The Bank expects growth of 4% this year and 4.1% in 2020. Economic opportunities in...

Major bridge linking Gambia to Senegal ushers in new era of connectivity

Cars, trucks and pedestrians plied the new bridge linking the Gambia and Senegal Thursday, ushering in a new era of connectivity and integration for the two West African nations. The bridge is a safer, quicker, and alternative route to the risky ferry crossing or the long detour between the northern and southern parts of both nations. The five-storey masterpiece allows people from the north of Senegal rapidly and easily to reach the southern Senegalese province of Casamance. “The African Development Bank, your Bank, is here to congratulate the people of Gambia and Senegal for their...