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The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the South Korean Government have solidified their commitment to African development with a $28.6 million financial partnership. This collaboration is an extension of the Korea-Africa Energy Investment Framework, initiated in 2021, which has already provided $600 million in co-financing to bolster African nations’ human capacity and energy sectors.

In a significant development, the agreements were formalized in Busan during the 7th Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Ministerial Conference (Koafec), a collaborative effort between AfDB and the South Korean government.

Energizing Africa’s Progress
The infusion of $28.6 million will be instrumental in advancing critical sectors in Africa. The focus will be on:

Energy Access: Enhancing access to reliable energy sources.
Agricultural Transformation: Catalyzing agricultural innovation.
Knowledge and Capacity-Building: Empowering African nations with valuable expertise.

These funds will be disbursed in three installments: $4.6 million in 2023, followed by $24 million in 2024 and 2025.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, and Kyungho Choo, Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, inked the $28.6 million agreement. Choo expressed Korea’s dedication to nurturing strong partnerships with African countries, emphasizing their role as a catalyst for Africa’s sustainable growth.

Adesina acknowledged Korea’s unique relationship with Africa, highlighting Korea’s remarkable transformation from a recipient of aid to a generous donor nation within a single generation.

Elevating Data Excellence
In a separate accord, the African Development Bank joined forces with Statistics Korea to strengthen statistical cooperation and bolster data quality in African countries. This partnership, led by Kevin Urama, Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank, and Hyoung il Lee, Commissioner of Statistics Korea, will:

Enhance statistical awareness.
Foster the exchange of innovative data sources and methodologies, including big data integration.

The collaboration will leverage the African Development Bank’s Africa Information Highway, a comprehensive network of live open-data platforms connecting African nations and regional organizations.

Recent data reveals the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Trust Fund as the largest bilateral trust fund under AfDB’s management, having received $108 million in contributions by December 31, 2022, and successfully financed 203 projects.

This partnership lays the foundation for transformative development across Africa, promoting sustainable growth and prosperity.

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By: Montel Kamau
Serrari Financial Analyst
19th September, 2023

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