AfDB Approves New Five-year Strategy For Nigeria Amidst COVID-19 Concerns

AfDB Approves New Five-year Strategy For Nigeria Amidst COVID-19 Concerns


The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved Nigerias Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2020-2024, which builds on the successes and challenges of the 2013-2019 edition, and incorporates emerging developmental realities and opportunities shaping Nigerias political and economic landscape, including in the post-COVID-19 period.
The approval was made on 27 May 2020.
Senior Director for the African Development Bank in Nigeria, Ebrima Faal, re-affirmed the institutions support for Nigerias socio-economic advancement. In the implementation of the CSP, the Bank will also support Nigeria to address economic shocks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price shocks by focusing our interventions in sectors that will strengthen public health infrastructure and accelerate efforts towards economic transformation and diversification of export earnings and fiscal revenues from oil.
The 2020-2024 CSP identifies supporting infrastructure development and promoting social inclusion through agribusiness and skills development as key priority areas for Nigeria. These priorities have been selected to leverage Nigerias rich endowment of natural and human resources toward transforming the lives of its people. It is in this context that the new CSP has been customized to support government efforts in confronting challenges and to foster long-term, socially inclusive development.
Under the CSP, the Bank will deploy a combination of sovereign and non-sovereign financing instruments to support the two priority areas, including investment and institutional support projects, evidence based analytical work in numerous economic sectors, policy dialogue and provision of advisory services. Special focus will be put on supporting the Nigerian private sector, in terms of financing and advisory services, and on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) initiatives that enable innovative, long-term investment in energy, transport and water and sanitation.
The Strategy Paper is the result of participatory consultations with a range of key stakeholders, both state and non-state actors as well as bilateral and multilateral development partners. The CSP is fully aligned with the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy, the High 5 priorities and Nigerias own Economic Reform and Growth Plan (ERGP), as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As of December 2019, the Bank Groups active portfolio in Nigeria comprised 61 operations, with a totacommitment of about US$5 billion. Of the total active operations, 29 were in the public sector, with a commitment of US$2 billion (43%) and 32 non-sovereign operations with a total commitment of US$3 billion, equivalent to 57 per cent of the total portfolio.

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