A delegation of directors from the African Development Bank Group visited Ouagadougou from 17 to 21 February as part of a study tour and evaluation interviews with local authorities and project beneficiaries financed by the Bank in Burkina Faso.
The directors were received by the head of state of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, and the Prime Minister, Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire, who hailed the cooperation between their country and the Bank.
” The African Development Bank is a big partner for Burkina Faso. She has accompanied us in the development of all sectors of the economy. Today, what we want is to take into account the security challenges facing the country when programming development projects , “said the Burkinabe Prime Minister.
Directors also met with government officials and representatives of civil society organizations with whom the Bank is engaged. The delegation also met with representatives of the private sector and technical and financial partners to take stock of business opportunities in the country.
The field visits provided an opportunity to discuss with the beneficiaries of four major projects – the project for strengthening electrical infrastructure and rural electrification (PRIELER) at Sakoinse; Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (PAEPA 4R) in Kokologho; support for the integrated development of the shea sector for the economic empowerment of women (PADIFK) in Tanghin-Dassouri; and the first Ouagadougou suburban sanitation sub-project (SPAQPO).
” These visits allow us to measure the work done on the ground, to assess the needs … and to interact with the beneficiaries of the projects, particularly in the run-up to the next replenishment of the African Development Fund “, said the Director of the Bank for Burkina Faso, Benin, Cape Verde, Comoros, Mali, Niger and Senegal, Martine Mabiala.
The delegation, which she led to Ouagadougou, was composed of the administrator for France, Belgium and Spain, Dominique Lebastard; the administrator for Switzerland, Germany, Portugal and Luxembourg, Catherine Cudre-Mauroux; as well as the Administrator for Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, Federica Diamanti and the Director for Japan, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Austria and Brazil, Takuji Yano.
At a meeting chaired by the Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance and Development, Edith Clemence Yaka, presentations were made on the priority axes of Burkina Faso’s 2016-2020 National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNES). Faso, but also the pillars contained in the Bank’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for 2017-2021 as well as its active portfolio in the country.
This meeting enabled in-depth exchanges on the cooperation framework and on the projects recently adopted by the Bank’s Board of Directors to revitalize the strategic and structuring sectors of the Burkinabe economy, namely access to electricity and electricity. the development of the agricultural sector for inclusive growth. These two pillars of the Bank’s CSP have as their central objective to support the structural transformation of the Burkina economy.
In particular, the Bank’s Board of Directors approved two projects: the Yeleen Rural Electrification Project, approved last December, to give electricity access to 150,000 households by connecting to green mini-grids and by installation. stand-alone individual solar kits; the Energy Sector Reform Support Program, approved in July 2018, which supports the implementation of energy sector reform to create conditions for inclusive access.
Source: African Development Bank Group – Djibouti