Key African Development Groups Prepare Infrastructure Plan

The African Development Bank, African Union Commission and New Partnership for Africa’s Development have started the preparation phase for the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa, the three organizations announced on the sidelines of the 16th African Union Summit, which ended Jan. 31.

The regional program, which was launched in July’s 16th African Union heads of state and government summit, aims to develop priority regional and continental integrated infrastructure networks and services in the sectors of transport, energy, information and communication technology, and transboundary water.

The program will merge various regional and continental infrastructure initiatives, including NEPAD’s short-term action plan and the AU’s infrastructure master plans.

“Once PIDA is adopted and launched, [AfDB] shall prioritise its support to both preparation of projects as well as physical investments for the priorities contained in the programme,” according to a Jan. 31 statement by AfDB.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.