Regional Integration


Le Document de stratégie d’intégration régionale de l’Afrique centrale 2019-2025 est présenté à Yaoundé pour accélérer l’agenda de la Zone de libre-échange continentale africaine

Le ministre de l’Économie, de la planification et de l’administration du territoire, également gouverneur de la Banque africaine de développement pour le Cameroun, Alamine Ousmane Mey, a ouvert, ce lundi 16 septembre à Yaoundé, au Cameroun, l’atelier de restitution du Document de stratégie d’intégration régionale de l’Afrique centrale, pour la période 2019-2025 (DSIR-AC). L’atelier de restitution a réuni les ministres gouverneurs du Tchad et de la République centrafricaine : Issa Doubragne, ministre tchadien de l’Économie et de la planification du développement, Félix Moloua, ministre...

DRC - Project to Develop the Lovua-Tshikapa Section of the Batshamba-Tshikapa Road - Appraisal Report

The National Road 1 (NR1) (Banana-Matadi–Kinshasa-Lubumbashi-Kasumbalesa-SakaniaRoad) (3,130 km) is the main backbone of the road transport system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It links Matadi to the West, but also Lubumbashi in Katanga Province to the East of DRC across various towns. The NR1 passes through Kinshasa, Kenge and Kikwit in Bandundu Province, Tshikapa and Kananga in West Kasaï Province and Mbuji-Mayi in East Kasaï Province. Through this road, it is possible from Mbuji-Mayi to get to Mwene Ditu (major railway station) and connect to NR2 leading to Bukavu (South-Kivu...

Ouverture d’un nouveau Bureau de la direction générale pour l’Afrique centrale à Yaoundé en vue d’une meilleure intégration régionale et d’un renforcement du commerce intra-régional

L’ouverture du nouveau Bureau régional de développement, d’intégration et de prestation de services pour l’Afrique centrale, à l’instar de ceux mis en place en Afrique australe, de l’Est, du Nord et de l’Ouest, a pour objectif de rapprocher davantage la Banque de ses Etats membres et renforcer le dialogue avec les Communautés économiques régionales (CER) en matière d’intégration.   Conformément au nouveau modèle de développement et de prestation de services, son établissement vise à améliorer le niveau et la qualité de ses prestations, afin d’accroître significativement l’impact des...

Malawi : la Banque africaine de développement accorde 37 millions de dollars en faveur du corridor d’intégration de Nacala

Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement a accordé, le mercredi 19 juin, un soutien financier de 37 millions de dollars américains pour la réalisation de la phase V du corridor routier de Nacala, au Malawi. Projet d’intégration sous-régionale en Afrique Australe, l’aménagement du corridor de Nacala consiste, d’une part, à rénover un tronçon routier de 55 kilomètres entre les villes de Nsipe et de Liwonde, dans le centre du pays, et, d’autre part, à construire un poste frontière entre le Malawi et le Mozambique. L’objectif de ce projet est de faciliter le commerce...

The African Development Bank’s High 5 priorities are making a vital contribution to the continent's integration

The African Development Bank is delivering on its goals and making good progress towards achieving its development and operational targets. This is according to the 2019 Annual Development Effectiveness Review (ADER), released at the Bank’s Annual Meetings held from 11-14 June 2019, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Every year, the ADER examines the Bank’s operational effectiveness and its organisational efficiency, using the Bank’s results measurement framework. It brings together evidence of strengths and weaknesses to provide Management with a clear understanding of what has worked...

‘Sometimes you need to relocate elephants’ to advance regional integration – Europe, South America and Asia share insights

Would you describe yourself as an African? Or is your primary identity based on your nationality? That was one of the thought-provoking questions raised by senior German official Dominik Ziller during a panel discussion on regional integration at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Ziller was one of three senior representatives from South America, Asia and Europe who shared insights from their own experiences with regional integration on Wednesday. Ziller was joined by Toshio Oya from Japan’s Ministry of Finance and Marcos Guimaraes from...

African leaders share their vision for an integrated continent

Leaders from four African countries on Wednesday shared their vision for an integrated and borderless Africa that would foster economic growth and development. The leaders spoke during a high-level presidential dialogue on day two of the African Development Bank’s 2019 Annual Meetings. The panelists – President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, President Felix Tshsekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Prime Minister of eSwatini Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini and his majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho – were joined by African Development Bank President Akinwumi...

2011-2015 - Eastern Africa-Regional Integration Strategy Paper - Draft Version

Regional Integration is at the core of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) mandate and is a key priority area in the Bank’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS), 2008-2012. In keeping with this strategic thrust, the Board approved a Regional Integration Strategy (RIS), 2009-2012, in March 2009, which commits the Bank to preparing Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs) to provide an analytical framework for streamlining regional operations (ROs) in the Bank and identify the Regional Public Goods (RPGs) for which the Bank could potentially provide funding support. The timing of the preparation of...

Africa’s Digital Economy poised to explode as regional integration opens new markets

With Africa’s digital economy taking off exponentially, the continent must ready itself to maximize the potential dividends of the Continental Free Trade Area agreement, panel members told a packed auditorium in Kigali at the opening of Transform Africa Summit 2019 on Tuesday. Key to this effort will be connectivity, data and digitization and innovation among others, conference attendees heard. “Africa can achieve a digital single market...It is a journey and we need to break it up into doable bits, “African Development Bank Vice-president, Private Sector, Infrastructure and...

Economic Brief - Economic Integration to Expand or to Deepen

This brief seeks to examine the various geographically proximate African FTAs in the context of analyzing the deeper and expand models of economic integration and endeavor to indicate which of the two is likely to prevail. The compelling discussion in the brief is on the real or potential of either or both models and their robustness in driving economic integration in the continent. The brief as well highlights some of the persistent challenges that are holding Africa’s integration thus denying it measurable gains. European Union integration experiences are weaved in by way of underlining...

Regional Integration Brief - Intra-SADC Cross-Border Investments

Cross-Border Investment (CBI) refers to all capital flows, both private and public, between countries i.e. investment across the geographical borders of countries. Intra-regional CBI is therefore related to capital flows listed within a Regional Economic Community (REC). CBI is an important indicator used to gauge the level, nature, content and depth of the economic and social integration of a Regional Economic Community (REC). In addition, as a source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), it is expected to have positive impacts on the national economies, which include job creation,...

Lome - Cinkanse - Ouagadougou CU9 Corridor


Botswana: African Development extends US$80m line of credit to help industrialization and regional integration

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a USD 80 million line of credit to the Botswana Development Corporation Ltd (“BDC”) to help the country’s industrialization and regional integration. The line of credit will be provided via the African Development Bank’s private sector window and will be used to finance local companies in the Botswana's manufacturing, transport, logistics and services sectors. In total, the projects are expected to create between 2500 and 2800 jobs, including 1200 to 1300 for women, in particular in these sectors. Botswana’...

Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Ababa Road Corridor Project


African Development Bank approves strategy for Central Africa - “crucial for the economic integration of the region”

The Board of the African Development Bank has approved the Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper 2019 – 2025, adopting the Bank’s multinational operations in Central Africa over the indicated period. The Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP) for 2019 – 2025 builds on the lessons learned from the implementation of previous regional development initiatives. It also lists the Bank’s plans to accelerate intra-regional trade, inclusive economic growth and structural transformation of the Central African region. It will guide the Bank’s regional operations in...

African Development Bank Regional Economic Outlook: West Africa region to see mixed growth into 2020

Overall economic growth in West Africa is projected to be at 3.6 percent in 2019 and 2020, boosted by the recovery of commodity prices and improved production and service sectors in the region, although challenges and uneven performance would remain, the African Development Bank’s regional economic indicator report revealed. The Bank launched the 2019 Regional Economic Outlook for West Africa in Abuja on Tuesday, alongside the institution’s annual flagship report, the Africa Economic Outlook, which shows how regional integration can spur structural transformation and foster economic...

African Development Bank helps to break down the barriers to free trade in Africa

A year after the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement ( AfCFTA)in Kigali by 49 African states, and following the ratification of the agreement by Ethiopia on the first anniversary on 21st March, only one more state is now required to reach the minimum requirement of 22 ratifying states. This will confirm its entry into force, contributing to the creation of one of the potentially biggest free trade areas in the world. "Progress made on the free-trade area is particularly encouraging," said the Chair of the 32nd session of the Executive Council of the African...

Regional Integration Strategic Framework - Revised

Regional Integration (RI) is defined as or refers to an agglomeration of Member States that cluster on the basis of agreed policies, legal/regulatory frameworks and institutional arrangements to pursue and implement, within defined territory/territories, common, joint, coordinated or harmonized policies, projects and programs in a simultaneous, sequential, or phased manner. Alternatively, RI isthe integration of factor and goods markets accompanied by coordination of policy across sovereign jurisdictions within a region to support integration. This can range in depth (the degree of...

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...

Multinational : Rumonge – Gitaza (45 Km) and Kabingo-Kasulu-Manyovu (260 Km) road upgrading project - Appraisal Report

The proposed Project concerns the upgrading of Kabingo – Kasulu - Manyovu Road Section (260 km) in Tanzania and Rumonge - Gitaza Road Section (45 km) in Burundi on the Central Corridor. This road section is part of the East African roads network and links the Port of Dar es Salaam to the regional markets in Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Corridor is also a priority under the Project for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).