A New Trilogy? BRICS, Infrastructure and Development on the African Continent. By Agathe Maupin | LESEDI

Agathe Maupin is currently holding a researcher post at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg, and i…

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

Africa,PIDA,ICA – “Financing large high-return infrastructure projects in Africa from the considerable surpluses of the BRICS, is currently very topical. Many documents have already put forward the importance of infrastructure in development, such as the Infrastructure Action Plan of the G20, the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) and the Fonds fiduciaire UE-Afrique pour les infrastructures (FFI). The PIDA has been synthesising into one programme all current or former continental infrastructure initiatives, such as the plans and frameworks of the NEPAD and the Infrastructure Master Plans of the AU. The PIDA’s Priority Action Programme (PAP) has been putting forward around fifty urgent projects in the sectors of energy, transports, water as well as Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Projects have been selected according to three main criteria:

– their eligibility and regional integration;
– their feasibility and state of preparation;
– their impacts on development.

Infrastructure obligations, loan guarantees, regional community taxes are part of the financing means envisaged by the PIDA. Among PIDA projects in the energy sector, “large hydroelectric projects and the interconnection of energy exchange systems” (CUA, 2012) are clearly privileged. The large Millennium Dam in Ethiopia [13], Grand Inga in DRC, as well as more modest constructions such as the Lom Pangar Dam in Cameroon, are part of the middle- (2025) to long-term (2040) objectives of the PIDA.”

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