Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)

05-Jul-2019

African Union Commission calls for further financial input for the NEPAD-IPPF Special Fund

Addis Ababa, 05 July 2019 – The 29th Oversight Committee (OC) meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) Special Fund held at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has ended with calls for increased investments to accelerate the closure of Africa’s infrastructure gap. The meeting, held on 28 June 2019, was hosted by the AUC and chaired by KfW Development Bank (Germany). Topics discussed included the NEPAD-IPPF Independent Review report, the introduction of reimbursable grants as part...
27-Dec-2018

Kazungula Bridge to link, open up markets in eight African countries

Scenes of traders, travelers, fishermen and women crossing the Zambezi river on floating planks, ferries, rickshaw boats, and canoes will soon come to an end.  In just 24 months, travelling between the water-rich but land-locked Zambia and Botswana will get easier, smoother and faster, when the new road and rail bridge, currently under construction across the waters of the Zambezi, is commissioned for public use. The 923-metre-long by 18.5-metre-wide masterpiece will link the town of Kazungula in Zambia with Botswana. Its location traverses the intersection of the Zambezi and Chobe...
29-Nov-2018

PIDA Week 2018: Experts weigh Africa’s infrastructure needs against rapid urbanization and growing population

Experts attending this year’s Africa infrastructure conference say the continent needs to accelerate its infrastructure development to match the continent’s growing population and rapid urbanization to achieve development goals. The experts from multilateral development institutions observed that with rapid urbanization and a tenfold increase in water needs for energy production, there is an urgent need to mobilize more financial and technical resources for infrastructure projects and plans, to support the continent’s economic development goals. Furthermore, Africa’s population is...
27-Nov-2018

The 2018 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa Week Opens with calls for good governance to accelerate Africa’s integration through Smart Infrastructure

Smart infrastructure investments underpinned by solid governance mechanisms and strategic partnerships, will be crucial to accelerating Africa’s regional connectivity and integration, investors and development experts said at the opening of the fourth annual Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) Week in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The meeting, which is themed ‘PIDA Implementation through Good Governance – Realizing Smart Infrastructure for Africa’s Integration’, has drawn over 300 participants representing member states, regional economic communities, the private sector,...
17-Dec-2017

Continental initiatives drive Africa’s infrastructure growth

Continental initiatives are driving the new growth in infrastructure demand in Africa. This was the message conveyed to donor partners at the 23rd Oversight Committee (OC or Board) Meeting of the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF), a multi-donor Special Fund hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Presenting the new NEPAD-IPPF Strategic Business Plan (SBP) for the five-year period 2016-2020 to members of the OC, who included representatives from Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom as well as the African Development Bank (AfDB), Shem Simuyemba, the new...
10-Dec-2017

Namibia hosts 2017 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA Week)

The 2017 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa Week (PIDA Week) will take place from 10 to 14 December in Swakopmund, Namibia on the theme, “Regional infrastructure development for job creation and economic transformation.” The third edition of PIDA Week will be organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with the Namibian Government and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The main objective...
30-Nov-2016

PIDA Week 2016 ends with pledge to make infrastructure development a key enabler to youth employment

Officials from the African Union (AU), the NEPAD Agency and the African Development Bank (AfDB) reaffirmed their commitment to ensure employment opportunities are included in infrastructure project design to create inclusive growth and sustainable development in Africa. The pledge was made at the closing ceremony of the second annual Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) Week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. PIDA Week 2016 kicked off with the Annual Meetings of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) supported by the Government of Japan, under the theme “Building Quality...
28-Nov-2016

AUC and NEPAD emphasize the importance of NEPAD-IPPF to make infrastructure projects in Africa bankable for investment

The week of November 21-25, 2016, brought together stakeholders from Africa and internationally, as well as from the public and private sector at the African Development Bank (AfDB) headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to review progress in the implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), Africa’s flagship infrastructure initiative approved by African Heads of State in January 2012 in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia. PIDA has a short- to medium-term, as well as a long-term investment plan to build interlinked and interconnected highways, modern railway systems...
28-Nov-2016

Private sector called upon to put a stake in making infrastructure projects in Africa bankable for financing and investment

Public-sector policy-makers, regional development banks, development finance institutions, investors and the private sector met at the Project Finance Roundtable held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on November 22, 2016 at the headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The gathering was part of PIDA Week – the week dedicated to the review of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) – involving a cross-section of stakeholders. During discussions at the Project Finance Roundtable organized by the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF),...
28-Nov-2016

Partner Dialogue Forum calls on smart partnerships to accelerate Africa’s infrastructure delivery

African stakeholders, cooperating partnerships, financiers and private-sector investors met at the headquarters of the African Development Bank in Abidjan on November 24, 2016 for the Partner Dialogue Forum organized by the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) to share ideas on how to better coordinate, leverage and build smart partnerships to accelerate delivery of Africa’s infrastructure in the face of growing economic activity across Africa and also growing appetite by both African and international investors to put more money into infrastructure in...
23-Nov-2016

PIDA Week 2016 opens with calls for accelerated job creation through infrastructure development for Africa’s transformation

Africa has to provide employment opportunities for its youth if it is to harness their potential and contribute to the desired economic growth outlined in the vision of Agenda 2063. The call was made by officials from the African Union (AU), the NEPAD Agency and the African Development Bank (AfDB) at the opening of the second annual Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) Week currently underway in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. This year’s gathering organized under the theme, ‘Creating Jobs through Regional Infrastructure Development,’ has drawn over 250 participants and stakeholders...
02-Sep-2016

The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor: a PIDA flagship programme and catalyst for economic growth in West Africa

What is the current status of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor? The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor is a flagship project of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), which was endorsed by African Heads of States in February 2012 at the 18th African Union summit in Addis Ababa. PIDA is an ambitious initiative which comprised 51 priority projects estimated at nearly US $68 billion to be completed by 2040. The programme is being implemented jointly by the AU, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). The Abidjan-Lagos corridor was...
25-Aug-2016

Q&A with Shem Simuyemba, Division Manager, NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility

Why is NEPAD-IPPF a critical instrument to bridge Africa’s infrastructure financing gap? NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility, NEPAD-IPPF, was established in response to a call of the G8 countries in Kananaskis, Canada, to address one of the weaknesses of infrastructure development in Africa: the lack of investment-ready, viable projects. NEPAD-IPPF is a multi-donor Special Fund hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), which supports African countries, to prepare regional infrastructure projects in energy, transport, ICT and transboundary water to make them bankable for...
25-Aug-2016

NEPAD-IPPF strengthens capacity to improve stock of well-prepared bankable infrastructure projects

The NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility, NEPAD-IPPF, has concluded a two-day workshop that brought together over 20 staff members, representatives from the African Development Bank’s Departments of Transport, ICT, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Resources Mobilisation and External Finance.  The two-day seminar, held in Abidjan, was also attended by other AfDB Infrastructure Specialists in energy from field offices covering Zambia, Mozambique, Rwanda and Angola, and was aimed at defining modalities for improved delivery aligned to the new NEPAD-IPPF Strategic...
26-May-2016

Q&A Moono Mupotola, Director of NEPAD, Regional Integration and Trade at the AfDB

1.  What is the status of the New Deal on Energy for Africa and how can it serve Africa’s regional integration purpose? Energy is one of the most essential requirements for Africa’s development. The cost of delayed full electrification of the continent is increasing as time goes by. The African Development Bank has therefore made “Light up and Power Africa” the first of the five pillars of its High5 vision. The New Deal on Energy for Africa is an ambitious programme that seeks to achieve universal access for Africa by 2025. Its strategy is built around the achievement of four targets...
21-Jan-2016

AfDB President shares his vision for the Bank and the continent at 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa

The 26th African Union Summit was an opportunity for African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina to share his vision for the Bank and the continent in the coming years.  AfDB’s overarching goal for its participation in the 26th AU Summit, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from January 21-31, 2016, on the theme “African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on Women Rights”, was to position the Bank as a key player by leveraging resources to support the African countries in the implementation of Agenda 2063. The AfDB President also sought to broaden the...
29-Dec-2015

AfDB approves Ruzizi III hydropower plant project, bringing green energy to Burundi, DRC and Rwanda

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, on December 16, 2015 in Abidjan, formally approved US$ 138 million of loans and grants to finance the Ruzizi III Hydropower Plant Project. Implementation of the project will be carried out at a total cost of US$ 625.19 million (of which the US$ 138.88 million will be borne by the AfDB’s public sector window and US$ 50.22 million by the private sector window). Ruzizi III hydropower plant is part of the Programme for Infrastructure Development i­­n Africa (PIDA) and involves Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. The...
10-Dec-2015

Lancement du Projet Dorsale à fibre optique d’Afrique centrale

La Banque africaine de développement et le Cameroun ont procédé le lundi 30 novembre, à Yaoundé, au lancement officiel  de la composante du Cameroun du Projet Dorsale à fibre optique d’Afrique centrale communément appelé en anglais Central Africa Backbone (CAB), projet  prioritaire dans le cadre du Programme de développement des infrastructures en Afrique (PIDA). La mission de lancement s’est achevée le 2 décembre 2015. L’objectif global de ce projet est de contribuer à la réduction du coût élevé des télécommunications/TIC sur le climat des affaires dans la sous-région, à la...
02-Dec-2015

Project Preparation Facilities network wants closer ties to enhance co-financing

Representatives of 14th Project Preparation Facilities (PPFs) who are members of the Project Preparation Facilities Network (PPFN) met at the African Development Bank (AfDB) headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on November 16, 2015 at the annual meetings of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA). The PPFN forum sought to discuss the ICA’s report on “Project Preparation Facilities Best Practices”. It was co-chaired by Shem Simuyemba, Manager, NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF), and Bruce Mead, Deputy Technical Director of the Climate Resilient...
02-Dec-2015

New business approach of linking project preparation to financing approved

Stakeholders from the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Regional Economic Communities, Project Preparation Facilities, and development partners, met recently to validate NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility’s (NEPAD-IPPF) Strategic Business Plan. The November 18, 2015 validation workshop took place at the African Development Bank (AfDB) headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. NEPAD-IPPF is hosted by the Bank. Its operations are guided by Strategic Business Plans (SBPs) which cover a five-year period. The current SBP (2011-...