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Transforming Africa through infrastructure development

The development of efficient infrastructure is a basic requirement for sustainable economic growth and poverty alleviation in Africa. In order to unlock the continent’s huge growth potential and to put Africa on the path to accelerated economic and social development, the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) was adopted by the AU Heads of State and Government in 2012.

PIDA’s overall strategic objective is to enable Africa to build a common market for goods and services. This continental initiative, based on regional projects and programmes, is designed to address the infrastructure deficit that severely hampers Africa’s competitiveness in the world market.

By providing a common framework for African stakeholders to build the necessary infrastructure, PIDA can boost trade, spark growth and create jobs. The strategic initiative mobilizes resources to transform Africa through modern infrastructure and seeks to achieve the facilitation of infrastructure projects worth $360 billion through 2040.

The Priority Action Plan, which is expected to be fully implemented by 2020, consists of 51 cross-border programmes in the four sectors of energy, transport, trans-boundary water and ICT that were selected based on rigorous economic analysis and selection criteria. These programmes are supposed to catalyze further infrastructure investments, open up important trade routes for landlocked countries, dramatically increase access to improved infrastructure and support other economic activities. The involvement of the private sector and the development of tools to meet the demand for project-related information, are crucial points within the implementation.

With the support of all stakeholders, namely the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the African Development Bank, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and various specialized regional agencies, PIDA since its adoption, has made important steps towards achieving its objectives, and has provided substantial support to project owners in the implementation processes…

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