Rwanda - Livestock Infrastructure Support Programme - Advance Payment from the Project Preparation Financing Facility (PPF)

Rwanda's Vision 2020 document envisages the country as a middle-income economy with a healthier and better educated population, with life expectancy increasing to 55 years, full literacy, and a per capita income of US$ 900 by 2020. Consistent with this Vision, Rwanda's current medium term Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS), covering the period 2008 to 2012, emphasizes on a dynamic and innovative private sector, rapid knowledge and skill acquisition, good governance, and a responsive and effective public sector as key instruments for economic transformation. The...

Workshop on AfDB Regional Integration Strategy Paper for Eastern Africa in Nairobi

An African Development Bank (AfDB) Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP) for Eastern Africa will be validated at a workshop scheduled to take place on 11 November in Nairobi, Kenya. The RISP covers Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. It is designed to support for regional infrastructure and institutional capacity building, including trade facilitation. The AfDB Board of Directors adopted a Regional Integration Strategy (RIS) for 2009-2012 in March 2009.  The RIS commits the Bank to preparing...

Solar Energy Has a Bright Future

While hydropower remains the main developed renewable energy resource in the world, solar energy is becoming more and more competitive in the short-term, said Pétronille Hazoumé, from Helios Energie (France). She made the statement during discussions at a five-day All-Africa Energy Week conference, taking place from 1-5 November 2010 in Maputo, Mozambique. At the same time, she said, carbon emissions, which threaten the environment, have become a growing and real constraint to the development of traditional sources of energy.  In this context, photovoltaic energy is becoming more...

Mozambique Shares Best Practice

One of the highlights of this week’s All-Africa Energy Week conference in Maputo was the presentation of best practices in Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Uganda. Mozambique was commended for adapting existing models, to local conditions, said Laura Nhancale, from the Mozambican Ministry of Energy. According to Ms Nhancale, for any policy or project to succeed, it is imperative to take into account social, economic and cultural factors. Moreover, energy policies should include clear guidelines for the development of renewable energy. Mozambique’s experience further...

First Africa Energy Week Highlights Importance of Clean Energy

Maputo, 3 November 2010 – The first All-Africa Energy Week got underway in Maputo, Mozambique, this week with emphasis on the importance of clean energy for sustainable development. Energy sector specialists and African decision-makers are participating in the 1-5 November event jointly organized by the African Union, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and hosted by the  Mozambican government. The meeting will prepare and approve recommendations covering continental policies, programmes and priority projects in the energy...

First All-African Energy Week - Energy Infrastructure and Services in the Context of Climate Challenges

Solar Energy Has a Bright Future While hydropower remains the main developed renewable energy resource in the world, solar energy is becoming more and more competitive in the short-term, said Pétronille Hazoumé, from Helios Energie (France). She made the statement during discussions at a five-day All-Africa Energy Week conference, taking place from 1-5 November 2010 in Maputo, Mozambique.    Background The African Development Bank (AfDB), in cooperation with the African Union Commission (AUC), and the Economic Commission for  Africa (ECA),  is hosting the First...

Cameroon - Kribi Power Project 216MW Gas Plant and 225KV Transmission Line - RAP Summary

This project will be financed by the DFIs and will therefore follow the African Development Bank and World Bank guidelines and standards. In this context, the Kribi Power project was classed in the ESIA as a Category 1 under the Bank guidelines. This classification stipulates that the project will entail some economic or physical displacement as well as land acquisition.

Cameroon - Kribi Power Project 216MW Gas Plant and 225KV Transmission Line - ESIA Summary

AES SONEL, the national power utility of Cameroon, is currently developing the Kribi Power Project. The project is designed to meet expanding electricity demands and is part of a mediumterm strategic development programme for the supply of electricity in Cameroon. The Project will be located in the equatorial region of Cameroon. It will comprise the construction of a 216 MW gas fired power plant, approximately 9 km northeast of Kribi, and the erection of a 100 km long 225 kV transmission line between the plant and the existing Magombe 225/90 kV substation at Edéa. The Project will be fuelled...

Senegal - Blaise Diagne International Airport - ESIA Summary

In accordance with the construction of the Blaise Diagne International Airport in Senegal, AIBD carried out an environmental and social assessment of the project including a Population Resettlement Plan (PRP). This executive summary provides the main conclusions of this environmental and social assessment and the main actions to undertake as per the Environmental and Social Management Plan of this project. The PRP summary will be elaborated and posted separately. The environmental and social assessment was carried out according to the policies and procedures of the Bank and the operational...

Senegal - Blaise Diagne International Airport - Executive RAP Summary

As part of its new economic infrastructure development policy, the Government of Senegal has decided to construct a new airport, the Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD). The resettlement procedures began in 2002 with the assessment of right of way area losses. Thereafter a resettlement plan (RP) corresponding to the national regulations on resettlement was prepared in 2005. Nevertheless, this RP did not fully comply with the international regulations. To solve this AIBD SA appointed AECOM Tecsult in 2009 to draw up a Revised Resettlement Plan (RRP) for phase 1 of the project.

AfDB Leverages Infrastructure for Internet Access - Approves USD 50 Million Loan for Satellites and Ground Infrastructure

Tunis, October 6, 2010 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a USD 50-million loan to finance the design, construction, launch and operation of a scalable equatorial constellation of Middle Earth Orbit satellites and associated ground infrastructure to provide broadband internet access to some 3 billion underserved people in emerging countries including those in Africa. "The Other 3 Billion" (O3b) project, designed exclusively for emerging markets where absence of terrestrial infrastructure such optical fiber backbones, is a well known fact, aims...

AfDB Supports Rwanda’s Manufacturing Sector Approves: USD 30 Million Loan to Cement Company

Tunis, 6 October, 2010 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Wednesday, 6 October 2010 in Tunis, a USD 30-million loan to finance the construction of Rwanda’s cement production plant  (CIMERWA). The project involves the construction of a 700,000-ton per annum cement plant in Rwanda that will replace the existing 100,000 capacity plant with the objective of making up for cement supply shortage and satisfying  local demand which continues to be high, mainly driven by housing sector growth and infrastructure development. CIMERWA will also...

AfDB Promotes Regional Integration - USD 95.6 million to Zambia for Nacala Corridor

Interview with Mr. Gilbert Mbesherubusa, Director, Transport and Communication Technologies Department (audio) Tunis,  29 September 2010 –  The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group approved on Monday, 27 September 2010 in Tunis, a UA 63.369-million* (USD 95.6 million) loan to fund the Nacala Corridor Phase II Road project (NCRP) in Zambia The NCRP aims at promoting economic growth and regional integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through a reliable...

AfDB Supports Infrastructure Development in Mali CFAF 9.3 billion for Road Project

Tunis, le 28 septembre 2010 – Le conseil d’administration du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé, lundi 27 septembre 2010, un prêt de 12 millions d’unités de compte* (équivalent à 9, 367 milliards FCFA ou 18 millions de dollars américains) au Mali, pour financer un projet d’élargissement de la route : Carrefour de la paix-Pont Woyowayanko-Point Y, à Bamako. Ce financement du Fonds africain de développement (FAD), guichet concessionnel du Groupe de la BAD, représente 41 % du coût total du projet, qui s’élève à 29,34 millions d’UC. Il est cofinancé avec la...

ADF: Fragile States and Supporting Agriculture Through Infrastructure Lending, by Sector Operations, Vice President, Kamal Elkheshen

"The global food crisis has posed a major threat to global food and nutrition security with substantive humanitarian, socio-economic, environmental, developmental, political and security-related consequences. With ADF funds we support the development of a robust agriculture sector that can withstand the effects of crises – focusing our attention on providing the necessary infrastructure for this sector to become an engine of growth and enhanced livelihood.   Given the importance of infrastructure for Africa’s economic growth and more broadly poverty reduction, the Bank will continue...

Economic Brief - Infrastructure Deficit and Opportunities in Africa

There are huge investment opportunities in Africa, especially in infrastructure, where the benefits are expected to be high. In particular, Africa’s absolute and relative lack of infrastructure points to the existence of untapped productive potential, which could be unlocked through scaling up investments in the sector. Notably, infrastructure plays a central role in improving competitiveness, facilitating domestic and international trade, and enhancing the continent’s integration into the global economy. Coupled with better human development outcomes that improved infrastructure promises,...

Rededicating to Africa at a Time of Promise - AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: Inaugural statement at the beginning of the second term A day such as this is special for all of us at the Bank and for its president. It is indeed a statutory moment to swear in a new president, but also a day of pride, a day of reflection, a day of humility, but above all a day of rededication. Pride of the contribution we, as a Bank, are making to better the condition of Africa; a day of reflection on where we have fallen short; humility in front of the challenges we face; and, above all, a rededication to overcome obstacles to our noble goals. On the fifth of September,...

South Africa - ESKOM Renewable Energy Investment Project - ESIA Summary

African Development Bank support to South Africa’s energy sector will enable the continued development of legal and regulatory frameworks as well as enhance development of local and regional renewable energy sources through a financially sustainable Eskom that could contribute significantly to improving the country’s energy mix over the medium to long term. The project will thus help increase generation capacity using available resources, at the same time help further the foundations for a low-carbon growth trajectory, and help achieve national and subregional development objectives. The...

Gabon - Programme routier phase II - Aménagement des routes Mouila Ndendé - Ndendé Tchibanga et port gentil Mandorové - Plan de réinstallation et de compensation (PRC) - Résumé EIES

Le présent Plan de Réinstallation et de Compensation (PRC) est élaboré dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de la deuxième phase du programme routier (PR2) en République Gabonaise avec l’accompagnement de la Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD). Le PR2 comprend des travaux routiers et des aménagements connexes.

Gabon - Road Program Phase II-Upgrading of the Mouila-Ndendé,Ndendé - Tchibanga and Port Gentil - Mandorové Roads - ESIA Summary

The Government of Gabon (GOG) has requested assistance from the African Development Bank (ADB) to finance the second phase of the Road Program (RP2). The RP2 includes: i) the upgrading/rehabilitation to bituminous standard of 189 km road and the implementation of environmental measures ; ii) the ancillary works t; iii) the feasibility study of a 233 km road; iv) the institutional support to the restructuring of the road subsector, and the program management.