Infrastructure Development in Africa

Infrastructure development is the premise for facilitation of economic activities and the top priority area in the development of African where the greatest efforts and resources are put. Most of financial aids from international development banks, JICA’s soft yen loans and grant aids, and investment and loans of JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) are destined for infrastructure development.

Electricity, roads and water supply are the three most essential infrastructures. As social development and public services demands increase in Africa, diverse infrastructure projects started in various areas including urban development, transportation networks, communications, clean energy, water purification, irrigation, education and healthcare. Public and private sectors cooperate in multiple ways in planning, preparing and implementing projects and in operating completed infrastructures. Japanese companies are expected to demonstrate their highly-qualified performance in areas where they have advantageous technologies, services and/or financial capacity.

This section will explore the overview of the African infrastructure development, and records on how JICA, JBIC and AfDB are involved in the development of African infrastructure and projects in which Japanese companies are likely to have interests.

Report of Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) of AfDB

JICA’s Contribution to Africa for infrastructure development

Broadband infrastructure development of JICA in Africa  (video) (in Japanese)

Tanzania, Rwanda: The Project for Construction of Rusumo International Bridge and One Stop Border Post Facilities  (ODA White Paper of 2012) (in Japanese)

Kenya: Technical Cooperation for Geothermal Development started  (JICA Annual report of 2013 ) (in Japanese)

Botswana, Zambia: Construction of the Long-Awaited Kazungula Bridge in Southern Africa  (JICA Annual report of 2013 ) (in Japanese)

Record of projects for African infrastructure development of JBIC  (in Japanese)

Infrastructure development enterprises of African Development Bank Group (Japanese staff of AfDB)  (in Japanese)

Relevant projects

Grant aid “Sudan: Juba Road Bridge Improvement Program”

(Reprinted from “International Development Journal”, issued in April 2012) (in Japanese)



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