The government of Japan and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have agreed to jointly finance a $5 billion fund for investment in Africa.
Accprding to a statetement from the African Development Bank (AfDB), titled “Africa’s renewable energy resources offer huge investment opportunities for Japanese business”.
The collaboration falls within the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa (EPSA) initiative’s fifth phase, which runs from 2023 to 2025. The fund is divided between four billion dollars under the current window and an additional amount of up to one billion dollars under a new Special Window.
The Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida , speaking via a video link announced that his country had met its target of providing $20 billion in private aid to Africa, which it had set at TICAD7 in 2019. Kishida also announced new commitments. He said Japan “will provide co-financing of up to $5 billion, together with the African Development Bank, to improve the lives of African people.”
Also at the inauguration of the EPSA 5, Mr Masato Kanda, Japan’s Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs, said his country was committed to supporting African countries while respecting their initiatives.
Dr Akihiko Tanaka, the President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), said enhancing resilience and promoting human security were critical components of Japan’s support for Africa.
“EPSA is an essential element of our partnership with the African Development Bank to tackle social and economic challenges facing the continent. JICA commits to work with EPSA to create a bright and prosperous future,” he said.
AfDB President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina stated that the initiative was the kind of cooperation Africa and the world needed.
“Escalating climate change impacts, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine mean that we must do even more than we already have done to mobilise the private sector and create job opportunities in Africa,” Adesina said. “The newly signed initiative will positively impact millions of lives across Africa.”
- The African Development Bank (AfDB) had announced that it is designing youth entrepreneurship investment banks in Nigeria and 12 other African countries to create wealth in the continent.
- Adesina who revealed that the bank had invested $1 billion on special agro-industrial processing zones to prevent food losses, listed some of the countries to benefit from this move to include Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Mozambique, among others.