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Tuesday, 03 April 2012

EU-Africa Partnership for Infrastructure proves successful

During the the Fourth Meeting of the Steering Committee of the EU-Africa Partnership for Infrastructure, held last week, members  assessed the implementation of the AU-EU partnership, particularly with regards to the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). The general assessment was positive, as some of the remarks  emphasised that it has proven to be quite successful in supporting some of the very large-scale infrastructure programmes, which help meet Africa’s needs. Nevertheless, it was noted that  there was still much work to do, notably regarding continental transport, energy, water management and ICT networks.
Dr. Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission (AUC), explained how PIDA provides African stakeholders with a common framework that  will help better integrate transport, energy, information communication technology (ICT) and trans-boundary water networks, to stimulate trade, facilitate growth and create jobs. “The African Union Commission will spare no efforts to make the Africa - EU Infrastructure Partnership a model of cooperation for infrastructure development in Africa” she stated.
Mr. Aboubakar Baba Moussa, Director of Infrastructure & Energy at the AUC, reminded of the great progress that African economies are making, and pointed out that these are becoming an attraction for investment, especially in the area of infrastructure.
EU-Africa partnership on infrastructure was adopted within the frame work of Africa - EU common strategy in December 2007. This common strategy is on areas of trade, regional integration and infrastructure. During this partnership, the Steering Committee has been working  in implementing its action plan.

Source: Starafrica