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AFRICAN COMPETITIVENESS:A FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK SYMPOSIUM ON MONITORING AND EVALUATION IDENTIFYING INDICATORS FOR MONITORING AID FOR TRADE September 15-16, WTO, Geneva. Outline. Introduction ACR-Pillars Infrastructure Situation in Africa

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african competitiveness a focus on infrastructure

AFRICAN COMPETITIVENESS:A FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

SYMPOSIUM ON MONITORING AND EVALUATION

IDENTIFYING INDICATORS FOR MONITORING

AID FOR TRADE

September 15-16, WTO, Geneva

outline
Outline
  • Introduction
  • ACR-Pillars
  • Infrastructure Situation in Africa
  • Infrastructure in AfDB Interventions
  • The Monitoring Agenda
  • Other Areas of Focus in Future
introduction
Introduction
  • Africa is experiencing renewed optimism due to a much better

regional economic climate despite recent challenges such as high food and oil prices.

  • But question remain as to how sustainable this growthwillbe over the longer run?
  • One of the key messages is that African countries must become more competitive.
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Pillar on infrastructure

 Major focus of Bank: Quality of infrastructure & connectivity

 Why infrastructure investment?

  • Facilitates regional integration
  • Enables intra-regional trade
  • Connects regions to global markets
  • Attracts private sector investment
infrastructure situation in africa
Infrastructure Situation in Africa
  • Infrastructure remains one of the top business constraints in the region; 30% of overall cost in some cases
  • Only 30% of rural population in SSA have access to all-season road
  • Transport costs amongst highest in world
  • 28 countries affected by energy crisis
  • Only 30% of African population have access to electricity
acr infrastructure scores na
ACR Infrastructure Scores, NA

Source: African Competitiveness Report,, 2007 (ACR)

infrastructure in afdb interventions
Infrastructure in AfDB Interventions
  • Approvals for infrastructure projects in 2007 reached a record level of Appx US$3 bn (UA 1.93 billion), accounting for 74.8 percent of total loan and grant approvals.
  • 48% (energy); 39% (transport); & 13% (other)
  • Infrastructure represents large portion of AfT Agenda
  • 1st Global Review presents that infrastructure represented 96% of Bank’s AfT allocation
strong regional operations
Strong Regional Operations
  • Regional activities: important for Bank - increase competitiveness and productivity
  • Multinational operations increased from USD290 million in 2006 to USD661 million in 2007 and doubled in the recent replenishment
  • Supporting development of intraregional and regional transport networks i.e. in East African Community:
    • Issaka (Tanzania) - Kigali (Rwanda) - Bujumbura (Burundi) Railway Line
    • Kisumu (Kenya) - Busia (Uganda) - Jinja (Uganda) Northern Road Corridor
    • Nyakanazi (Tanzania) - Kigoma (Tanzania) Bujumbura (Burundi) - Kigali (Rwanda)
the monitoring agenda
The Monitoring Agenda

Internal processes

 Flagship publication: African Competitiveness Report – with WEF & WB (2007); African Development Report 2009/2010 (Logistics); African Economic Outlook with the OECD

 Ex-ante Development Impact Assessment; key indicators infrastructure, imports, exports, intra-regional trade

 Competitiveness & trade indicators specified - Logical Framework of project documents & evaluation reports

 Data collection activities by the statistics department – Data Platform

other areas of focus
Other areas of focus
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary agenda
  • Trade facilitation: ports, customs, etc
  • Capacity building for trade negotiations: African Legal Support Facility (AfDB)
  • Mainstream trade in Bank operations
  • Establish Africa AfT Website
  • Africa AfT Network -> OECD Knowledge Network
  • Work with RECs
  • Promote Development Corridors & Spatial Development Initiatives