Japan, AfDB declare US$5 bn support for Africa’s Private Sector

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The government of Japan and the African Development Bank, AfDB, have declared a US$5 billion financial cooperation under the fifth phase of the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa initiative (EPSA) from 2023 to 2025.

The declaration was made at the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) held on Sunday 28 August, in Tunis, the Capital of Tunisia.

The funds consist of US$4 billion under the existing window, and an additional up to $1 billion that will be provided under a new Special Window.

But Japan will establish this Special Window to support countries that are making progress in the enhancement of debt transparency and sustainability, and other reforms, thereby making steady and significant improvements in their debt situations.

Given the importance of food security, Japan and the African Development Bank will add agriculture and nutrition as a priority area under EPSA 5. As a result, EPSA 5 will cover 1) electricity, 2) connectivity 3) health, and 4) agriculture and nutrition as priority areas in order to address key challenges in Africa.

At the EPSA 5 launch ceremony, Japan’s Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Mr Masato Kanda, said his country is committed to supporting African countries while respecting their own initiatives.

The President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Dr Akihiko TANAKA said, “Under the severe situation caused by multiple crises, enhancing resilience and promoting human security are critical components of Japan’s support for Africa. EPSA is an essential element of our partnership with the African Development Bank to tackle social and economic challenges facing the continent. JICA commits to work with EPSA to create a bright and prosperous future.”

The African Development Bank Group President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina said, “EPSA 5 is the kind of cooperation Africa and the world need. Escalating climate change impacts, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine mean that we must do even more than we already have done, to mobilize the private sector and create job opportunities in Africa. The newly signed initiative will positively impact millions of lives across Africa.”

However, Japan and the African Development Bank will join forces to support countries that address enormous challenges, including food security, climate change, health, digitalization, and debt issues.

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