NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 – The eight-nation Intergovernmental Agency on Development (IGAD) has secured a US $3.50-million grant from the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group, to finance the agency’s Infrastructure Master Plan (IRIMP).
The project, to be completed in 38 months, seeks to establish regional infrastructure development priorities for the IGAD region, comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, in order to enhance regional physical and economic integration, thus promoting trade, movement of goods and persons and poverty reduction among the countries.
It will define priority regional infrastructure transport, energy, ICT and trans- boundary water projects for investment, to spur a broader positive socio-economic development impact.
These would include physical and economic integration; job creation; enhanced opportunities for women (particularly in easing cross-border trade); increased business opportunities; improved access to infrastructure services; and generally improved the quality of life of the majority of the population in the IGAD region.
The governments, people, institutions, and economies of the eight IGAD member States will benefit directly from the project.
Specifically, businesses, traders, households, investors as well as development partners and international bilateral and multilateral agencies will also benefit from well-planned coordinated regional infrastructure projects and services that would enhance more efficient movement trade and economic development.
The total project cost is estimated at US $3.69 million to be financed by the US $3.50 million ADF grant from the Bank’s Regional Operations envelop and Regional Public Goods (RPG) window; and US $0.19 million IGAD Secretariat counterpart funding.
In addition, the investment is expected to spur huge investment mobilization and financing attracted by well-prepared and bankable infrastructure projects.