IN a significant move to bolster development in Africa, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has executed deals amounting to $580 million. The 14 development loan agreements were formalised during the Saudi-Arab-African Economic Forum, with participation from 12 African ministers. These agreements encompass projects in crucial sectors such as healthcare, water, education, and transportation.
The confirmed projects span a variety of initiatives, including the construction of hospitals, roads, schools, and water facilities. Participating African countries in these transformative projects include Mozambique, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Malawi, Tanzania, Cabo Verde, Rwanda, and Angola.
Notable agreements in Mozambique include the $50 million Muera Dam Project, the construction and equipping of five hospitals, and the rehabilitation and upgrade of two sections of a national road. Niger will receive $ 28 million for the construction of schools in multiple regions, while Burkina Faso is set to benefit from $17 million for the Manga Regional Hospital Project. Benin is slated to receive around $40 million for the construction of the Higher College for Teacher Preparation and the Scientific Secondary School Project.
The Saudi Fund for Development expressed its commitment to the prosperity of the African continent through these development loan agreements. The fund took to social media to highlight the positive impact these projects are expected to have on healthcare, education, and infrastructure in the participating nations.
In a parallel development during the forum, the Saudi Fund for Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).
This collaboration aims to expand SFD’s existing $10.7bn worth of development support in Africa. The MoU signifies the intention of both entities to collaborate in identifying, developing, and co-financing infrastructure and development projects across the continent. This strategic partnership is poised to further advance the socio-economic landscape of African nations, reinforcing the commitment to sustainable development.