The board of directors of the French Development Agency, or AFD, concluded their final meeting for 2010 with the approval of some euro1.7 billion (USD2.2 billion) worth of development projects.
Among the biggest initiatives approved are a euro300 million loan to help finance Mexico’s efforts to combat climate change, a euro150 million loan for the expansion of Tunisia’s natural gas network and a euro200 million credit to a Latin American multilateral institution. This loan will be used to refinance loans supporting green and inclusive growth in the region.
Other financing approved by the AFD directors on their Dec. 16 meeting in Paris include:
-euro70 million loan and euro700,000 grant for the construction of a new international airport in Senegal.-euro53.14 million loan for the rehabilitation of the Zambian section of the Nacala road corridor.-euro80.5 million assistance package to help the Egyptian government refinance its loans to small businesses.-euro20 million loan to support power sector reforms in Mauritania.-euro15 million for agricultural development in the Office du Niger area in Mali. -euro35 million loan to help Egypt improve plot irrigation around the Nile Delta.-euro10 million grant to the Palestinian Authority to help boost water and sanitation services in Bethlehem.