AFRICA – The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) have signed an agreement aimed at boosting co-financing of development projects in common member countries in Africa.
“The partnership we signed today, will allow us to co-create financing and investment programs that will not only address key development challenges but will also help our member countries tap into emerging global value chain opportunities to build resilience and create wealth in post COVID-19 world,” Bandar Hajjar, the President of IsDB said.
The agreement focuses on co-financing over the period 2021-2024. It comprises key areas of collaboration such as joint diagnostic work; procurement and capacity assessments; sharing of pipeline and annual work programs; special initiatives which support inclusive social development.
Others included science, technology and innovation; global value chains (GVCs); private sector development; trade finance; trade policy, trade development, trade facilitation and promotion, including under the Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB) Program and joint syndicated trade transactions.
Other areas covered by the agreement are sukuk issuance; investments; investment promotion and policy formulation; insurance of investment and export credit operations; climate action and regional cooperation and integration.
Data indicates that unemployment and poverty rates across developing countries are rising, making it necessary to come up with measures that would significantly improve the co-financing of development projects to support developing countries to recover and build back their rural productive assets.