ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The
African Union (AU) has emphasized inclusive infrastructure development in Africa
as the continent proceeds with the second phase of the Programme for
Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).
Director of Infrastructure and Energy, Cheikh Bedda, made the remarks on Friday
at the conclusion of the policy dialogue conference on the implementation of
PIDA held at the headquarters of the 55-member pan-African institution in
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
PIDA is a catalyst for inclusive development on the continent, the director said
that “PIDA will constitute the most appropriate framework for inclusive
development in terms of the continent’s infrastructure.”
Phase 2 of
PIDA should involve women and youths, source of inclusiveness to enable rural
communities to contribute to this continent’s development, he said.
said Africa’s partners have begun to understand the continent has its own
approach and its priorities have to be respected as they are anchored on AU
development blueprint dubbed Agenda 2063.
The time to
assimilate local and international investors in projects is now, adding that
there should be innovative ways of bringing on board the latter on win-win
situation, he said.
that AU has held discussions with the main partners of infrastructure
development, Bedda said the AU side has had successful deliberations with China,
one of the key development partners in the sector.
“We’ve had a
very successful meeting with the Chinese through the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit held in September 2018. And in the declaration it was
made very clear that infrastructure will remain the top priority for the Chinese
partners as well as for the African side. When we talk about infrastructure we
are also talking about the rural areas,” he said.
in the same vein, he said they had met with EU, through the EU Commission and in
the end had an action plan that was validated in Abidjan, which clearly
mentioned that infrastructure, especially in rural areas will be top priority.
adopted by AU heads of state and government in 2012 as a strategic framework for
regional and continental infrastructure development in Africa, and it covers
four main sectors: transport, energy, information and communication technology
and trans-boundary water.
continental implementing partners are the AU Commission, the NEPAD Planning and
Coordinating Agency, the African Development Bank and the UN Economic Commission