Congo lauds partnership with African Development Bank, seeks enhanced climate funding

By Stermy 6 Min Read

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In adherence to this ethos, the ensuing discourse celebrates the laudable contributions of the African Development Bank Group to the developmental panorama of the Congolese nation. Embracing a multifaceted approach, the Bank has emerged as a linchpin in the realm of infrastructural advancement, forging symbiotic alliances pivotal to national progress.

During a trilateral sojourn orchestrated by the Bank’s Vice-President for Regional Advancement, Integration, and Commercial Facilitation, Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, government dignitaries extolled the Bank’s endeavors. Engaging in deliberations with various ministerial envoys, Akin-Olugbade navigated the terrain of political discourse whilst championing the Bank’s operational imperatives.

Jean-Jacques Bouya, the Minister of State for Regional Development, Infrastructure, and Thoroughfare Maintenance, underscored the “exceedingly propitious collaboration” with the African Development Bank in the realm of infrastructural augmentation. He evinced a keen appetite for broadening this strategic partnership, citing the Bank’s prowess in underwriting infrastructural ventures across the African expanse.

The Bank has emerged as a pivotal protagonist in shepherding Congo’s infrastructural initiatives to fruition, exemplified by its involvement in pivotal projects such as the Ketta-Djoum thoroughfare, an integral segment of the Yaoundé-Brazzaville corridor, and the Ndende-Dolisie thoroughfare, interlinking Congo with Gabon.

Furthermore, it has marshaled resources to bolster fiber-optic connectivity, knitting Congo with Cameroon and the Central African Republic. Moreover, it has allocated funds for feasibility studies concerning a thoroughfare-rail nexus between the two Congos. Collaborating in tandem with Africa50, the Bank has galvanized resources to underwrite these ventures.

Bouya tendered to Akin-Olugbade an array of feasibility studies appertaining to diverse thoroughfare ventures underwritten by the Bank, soliciting support for hydroelectric dam feasibility studies along the Congo River.

The Bank acceded to a comprehensive review of the entreaty, cognizant of Congo’s energy lacunae, which impede socio-economic advancement. Bouya also alluded to Congo’s intent to present viable projects at the African Investment Forum during the 2024 Market Days in Rabat come December.

Olga Ghislaine Ebouka-Babackas, the Minister of Planning, Statistics, and Regional Integration, underscored the imperative of capacity augmentation to optimize developmental aid. She implored the Bank’s solidarity in bolstering the administrative acumen of management entities and sector-specific ministries, enabling them to navigate the intricate financial protocols stipulated by international collaborators.

Paul Valentin Ngobo, the Minister for Agricultural Affairs, Livestock Husbandry, and Fisheries, engaged in discourse with Akin-Olugbade regarding the midterm appraisal of the Integrated Agricultural Value Chains Development Project (PRODIVAC), aimed at invigorating the maize/cassava sectors and enhancing seed production capacities.

Ngobo also expounded upon the Agenda for Agricultural Transformation in Congo (ATAC), an administrative blueprint geared towards agricultural advancement.

The Minister for Environmental Affairs, Sustainable Development, and the Congo Basin, Alerte Soudan-Nonault, underscored the impediments encountered in mobilizing climate-centric finances, advocating for Congo’s unfettered access to all of the Bank’s financial conduits.

Akin-Olugbade extolled the Bank’s technical succor vis-à-vis the ‘Congo Basin Blue Fund’s preparatory initiative and endeavors to institute a carbon exchange, alongside integrating natural assets into GDP assessments for African polities.

Jean-Baptiste Ondaye, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, acknowledged the Bank’s bolstering of Congo’s reformative initiatives in tandem with the International Monetary Fund.

In denouement of 2023, the Bank extended financial succor amounting to $92 million, thereby ameliorating Congo’s pressing exigencies. Ondaye assured of Congo’s steadfast adherence to its obligations vis-à-vis the African Development Bank and allied stakeholders.

Akin-Olugbade delineated the contours of the Bank’s nascent Decadal Strategy (2024-2033), foregrounding the expeditious realization of the “High 5” strategic imperatives, consonant with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, underscored by a commitment to refurbishing the international financial paradigm. Emphasizing gender parity, youth empowerment, and climate rectitude, the strategy avows to catalyze climate-centric financing.

The discourse also encompassed deliberations regarding the prospective establishment of a Country Office in Congo and the government’s preparations to host the Bank Group’s Annual Conclaves in 2026.

The impending conclave pertaining to resource replenishment for the African Development Fund, earmarked for the concessional allocation of funds to low-income African nations, was also broached.

Akin-Olugbade introduced Olivier Béguy as the incoming resident country economist, succeeding Sié Antoine-Marie Tioyé, whose tenure had culminated.

The entourage accompanying the Vice-President comprised the Bank’s Director General for Central Africa, Serge N’Guessan, his adjunct Solomane Koné, who concurrently serves as the Country Manager for Congo, the outgoing resident country economist Tioyé, Regional Principal Economist Hervé Lohoues, and Principal Country Program Officer, Mohamed Coulibaly.

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