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2021-2022 PIDA Progress Report

2021-2022 PIDA Progress Report

As part of the continent’s efforts to address the infrastructure gap, the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) was approved by the AU Heads of State and Government at the 18th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29-30 January 2012, through the adoption of the “Declaration on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa” (Doc. EX.CL/702(XX)). PIDA is a multi-sector programme covering the four infrastructure sectors (i.e. Transport, Energy, Transboundary Water and Telecommunication/ICT) and implemented jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs)). It is dedicated to facilitating continental integration in line with Agenda 2063 through improved regional infrastructure and is designed to catalyse industrialisation in Africa as envisaged by the Accelerated Industrial Development for Africa (AIDA) initiative and to enhance intra-African trade through the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA).

The first phase of PIDA was translated into the PIDA Priority Action Plan 1 (PIDA PAP 1), which comprised a list of more than 400 regional priority projects for implementation from 2012 to 2020. Under the leadership of the AUC, PIDA stakeholders developed the second implementation phase of PIDA (PIDA PAP 2), with an implementation horizon from 2021 to 2030, which was approved by the AU Heads of State and Government in February 2021.

PIDA PAP 2 is made up of 69 projects from all the five designated AU regions, selected in a participatory and transparent process from a long list of over 240 projects proposed by the Member States, Regional Economic Communities, and Specialized Institutions. The PIDA PAP 2 portfolio reflects Africa’s aspirations for sustainable, inclusive, and world-class infrastructure and is composed as follows: 10 projects from each of the 5 African regions, 16 cross-regional projects and 6 projects from Small Island Development States (SIDS). The sectorial distribution consists of 67% transport (26 projects), 24 % Energy (18 projects), 6% Water (15 projects) and 3 % ICT (12 projects). The Integrated Corridor Approach which was developed and adopted in the selection of projects will be embedded in their implementation. The main objective of the Integrated Corridor Approach is to facilitate corridor planning, social inclusiveness to maximise the socio-economic impact of Infrastructure development on the continent as explained in the PIDA Implementation Strategy.