AfDB Participates in Commissioning of Dori Tera Road Works

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Resident Representative in Burkina Faso, Antoinette Dinga-Dzondo, on Thursday, January 22, 2009, participated in the commissioning of the Dori-Téra road works on the Niger border. Organized by Niger’s Infrastructure Minister, Seydou Kabore, the event, which was held under the chairmanship of the country’s Prime Minister, Tertius Zongo, brought together many national and local authorities, including the Mines and Energy Minister, Abdoulaye Abdoulkader Cisse, and other government officials as well as representatives of the World Bank, the West...

Bank Group President Addresses 12th AU Ordinary Summit

Bank Group President, Donald Kaberuka, on Monday, February 9, 2009, in Addis Ababa addressed the 12th Ordinary Summit of the African Union on the theme: ‘Infrastructure Development in Africa, focusing on transport, energy and investment. Mr. Kaberuka said the full impact of the current global economic crisis was yet to be felt in Africa. He said the crisis would have an adverse effect on the financing of infrastructure projects on the continent and proposed ways in which the decline in funding could be mitigated.

Multinational - Nacala Road Corridor Rehabilitation Project - ESIA Summary

The Government of Mozambique intends to improve access along the Nacala Development Corridor by rehabilitating and upgrading to bitumen approximately 350 km of the N13 highway from Nampula to Cuamba. The Nampula-Cuamba Road is an important component within the Nacala Development Corridor, an initiative that was jointly launched by the Governments of Mozambique, Malawia and Zambia in 2000, since it connects Niassa and Nampula Provinces, and in addition it serves to link landlocked Zambia and Malawi to the Mozambican coast. In line with the Mozambican EIA Regulations of 2004 (Article 3), the...

Malawi - Trunk Road Rehabilitation Project (Blantyre- Zomba Road) - ESIA Summary

The Malawi government intends to implement a road rehabilitation programme for the Blantyre-Zomba (M3 Road) which is approximately 60 km long. The road traverses three districts of Blantyre, Chiradzulu and Zomba. The Blantyre-Zomba road is also designated as part of Route 29 of the Southern African Development Commission (SADC) Regional Trunk Road Network (RTRN) linking southern Malawi to the northern part of the country and further north to the border with Tanzania. The existing gravel road running south from Blantyre to Nsanje and the track to the border with Mozambique at Marka completes...

AfDB Helps Lay Ground for AU Executive Council, Summit Meetings

President's Speech Addis Ababa, 29 January 2009 – The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) began its twelfth ordinary session in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday with Infrastructure Development in Africa as its main theme. Infrastructure Development in Africa as is also the theme of the AU Summit of Heads of State and Government that will follow from 1-3 February. The Bank has played a key role in events leading to the two meetings. On Thursday, it took a lead role in the Africa Infrastructure Day hosted by the African Union Commission at headquarters in Addis...

AfDB Plays Key Role at Africa Infrastructure Day hosted by African Union Commission

Addis Ababa, 28 January, 2009 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday played a lead role in events at the Africa Infrastructure Day hosted by the African Union Commission at headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Officially titled an ‘Open Day Dedicated to Infrastructure in Africa’, the one day event featured discussions by experts by African and non-African experts on a host of issues related to the development, financing and management of infrastructure projects in Africa. Key presentations included that by the African Development Bank on the Infrastructure Development...

Ghana - Awoshie-Pokuase Road Project - ESIA Summary

The proposed project is the re-construction/construction of the 15km Awoshie-Pokuase road in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. A Right-of-Way (RoW) of 90 m (300 ft) is proposed to be maintained. The proposed road is a component of the Arterial Road Development Program (ARDP), which for Accra is targeted at linking the capital with by-pass roads to major highways leading to various parts of the country. Development of the Awoshie-Pokuase road has become crucial in order to: i) provide an alternative route for vehicular traffic currently using the Pokuase-Achimota route...

Ghana - Awoshie-Pokuase Road Project - ESIA Summary

The proposed project concerns the re-construction/construction of the 15km AwoshiePokuase road and some ancillary works in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. This project is a component of the Arterial Road Development Program (ARDP), which for Accra is targeted at linking the capital with by-pass roads to major highways leading to various parts of the country. Specifically, the road project is aimed at: i) providing an alternative route for vehicular traffic currently using the Pokuase-Achimota route to access the western parts of Accra and beyond, and vice versa; and...

AfDB supports Tunisia’s largest private infrastructure project-A Senior Loan of Euro 70 million to finance the Enfidha Airport Project

Tunis, 14 January, 2009 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved financing for up to Euro 70 million to finance the Enfidha Airport Project in Tunisia. The project consists of the construction, operation, and maintenance of the new Enfidha Zine El Abidine Ben Ali International Airport for an initial capacity of 7 million passengers, and the operation and maintenance of the existing Monastir Airport. Both Airports will serve the major tourism areas of Monastir, Sousse and Hammamet, which are all located on the Mediterranean coast. The project is the first...

Multinational- Ghana&Nigeria - Main One Submarine Cable - ESIA Summary

This document is a summary of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study reports for the Main One Submarine Cable System: Phase 1 (hereafter referred to as ‘the Project’) (1) . The reports were prepared by Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and Fugro Consultants Nigeria Limited (FCNL) on behalf of Main Street Technologies (MST). This summary is prepared in accordance with the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures (ESAP) for Private Sector Operations (2001).

Tchad - Projet de bitumage de la route Moudou - Doba-Koumra-Sarh - ESIA Summary

Le projet concerne le bitumage de la route Koumra – Sarh au sud du pays sur une distance de 110 km. Ce projet s’inscrit dans le cadre global de l’aménagement de la route Moundou – Sarh (300 Km) pour lequel l’Union Européenne prend part au titre du 9è FED aux côtés de l’Etat tchadien. Le tronçon concerné par l’intervention du Groupe de la BAD est donc un prolongement des travaux en cours, cofinancés par l’UE et le Tchad, sur les tronçons Moundou – Doba et Doba – Koumra. L’intervention du Groupe de la BAD a pour objectifs d’améliorer : (i) l’efficacité du secteur de transports dans les...

Sierra Leone - Upgrading of the Lungi-Port Loko Road - ESMP Summary

The present project concerns the upgrading of the Lungi -Port Loko road. The Project will have two components, namely the Construction of the 62-km of the Lungi -Port Loko road works to paved standards, and the consultancy services for supervision of the above civil works..

Morocco - Airport Project - ESMP Summary

Le Projet concerne la mise à niveau des infrastructures aéroportuaires en vue d’assurer un système de transport aérien mieux sécurisé en conformité avec les normes internationales, couvrant la totalité de l’espace aérien, et d’améliorer la capacité d’accueil des passagers et du traitement des bagages accompagnés. Les composantes portent sur les travaux d’aménagement et/ou d’extension y compris l’équipement des bâtiments d’aérogares (Casablanca, Fès, Saiss, Marrakech), les travaux d’extension des infrastructures aéronautiques associées (parkings, bretelles, taxiways…) et la fourniture et...

AfDB and Libya Strengthen Cooperation: Libyan Leader Receives AfDB President

Tunis, December 15, 2008 – Relations between the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and Libya entered a new phase following a meeting between the AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, and Libyan Leader, Muammar Qaddafi, on December 14, 2008, in Tripoli. Discussions between both men focused on African integration and the means of achieving it. The Libyan leader used the occasion to express satisfaction with actions by the AfDB and its president, and urged the institution to continue making significant contributions to the continent’s development with the same efficiency. He expressed...

AfDB Private Sector Obtains Approval for a US$ 30 million Equity Investment in the African Energy Infrastructure Fund

Tunis, 10 December 2008 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved has a US$ 30 million equity investment in the African Energy Infrastructure Fund (AEIF or the Fund), the first Pan-African private equity fund to focus on investing in power and energy projects. Since 1997, the Bank has approved a total of 15 private sector equity investments amounting to approximately USD 380 million. AEIF is a proposed USD 500 millions, Mauritius-based, private equity fund with a USD 150 million scheduled first closing. The Fund will be managed by Prescient Fieldstone...

Multinational - Study on the Road - Rail Bridge Between Kinshasa and Brazzaville and the Kinshasa - Ilebo Railroad

Under their cooperation within the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (RC) decided on the implementation of a project involving the construction of a bridge across the Congo River to link the capitals of the two countries, and of a 1,015 km railway to connect the cities of Kinshasa and Ilebo in the DRC. In order to build these infrastructures, ECCAS, on behalf of the two governments, submitted to the Bank a request for the financing of the study on the road-railway bridge between Kinshasa...

AfDB organizes Business Opportunities Seminars in India

Two Business Opportunities Seminars (BOSs) were organized in collaboration with the Export-Import Bank of India in New Delhi and Mumbai, India from 25 to 27 November 2008.  The purpose of the BOSs was to inform the Indian Business Sectors of the AfDB’s operations and pipeline projects, the current procurement rules and procedures as well as the co-investment opportunities. Presentations were made in sectors such as Infrastructure, Agriculture, Water, Procurement Procedures and Private Sector operations.  The BOS in New Delhi was well attended by nearly 70 participants....

US$ 163 Million AfDB Loans and Grants to Finance the Interconnection of Electric Grids of Five Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries

Tunis, 27 November, 2008 – The African Development Fund (ADF) Board of Directors has approved a US$ 148 million (UA* 99,77 million) financing for the Interconnection of Electric Grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries, concerning loans of: UA 17.73 million to Kenya and UA 7.59 million to Uganda, as well as grants of UA 15.15 million to Burundi, UA 27.62 million to the DR Congo, UA 30.47 million to Rwanda, and UA 1.21 million to the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). The project consists in the construction and upgrading of 769 km of 220 kV and 110 kV power lines and 17 transformer stations...

AfBD Participates in the Commissioning of work on the Akatsi-Aflao Road

AfDB Resident Representative in Ghana, Alieu Jeng, on Friday took part in the commissioning of work on the Akatsi-Aflao Road Project. Work on the road was commissioned by Ghanaian President, John Kufuor, in a ceremony attended by traditional rulers, political leaders, development partners and people in the Volta region. The road project, some 58 kilometres, is a component of the larger Tema-Aflao Road project, being funded by the African Development Bank. This important road forms part of the regional network that connects Ghana to other countries in the ECOWAS sub-region, principally Togo,...

Beyond Commodity Booms and the Road Ahead: A Case for Africa

"…over the last 40 years or so, geology has been a critical factor in Africa’s economic growth. However, it is in the last decade that it has emerged as a prominent driver of economic growth. A number of natural resource-rich countries such as Botswana, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, and Algeria, have consistently posted GDP growth rates above 5% over a seven-year period, while in countries such as Angola and Equatorial Guinea, growth has been in double digit figures." AfDB Chief Economist, Round-Table, Energy and Natural Resources in the Mediterranean, Tunis