Niger – The African Development Bank and the government hold a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the country strategy document for 2023-2027
The Government of Niger, the African Development Bank and several other stakeholders have initiated a review of the country’s 2018-2022 Country Strategy Paper (CSP) and a 2022 portfolio performance review, both of which have been completed.
The parties also started discussions on the new country programming for the next five years (2023-2027).
About 60 senior officials from government agencies, experts from the African Development Bank Group and representatives of the private sector and civil society are taking part in the review, which began on June 21 in Niamey and will continue until June 7 July. The 2022 CSP was to catalyze the achievement of Niger’s 2017-2021 Economic and Social Development Plan through 2 pillars: promoting the competitiveness of the economy to create jobs, and developing agriculture to promote sustainable and inclusive growth.
During the opening ceremony, John Andrianarisata, Country Director of the African Development Bank in Niger, and the Secretary General of Niger’s Planning Ministry, Saadou Bakoye, praised the excellent cooperation between the Bank and Niger.
Andrianarisata welcomed “the opportunity to assess, together with the government and other stakeholders, the results obtained in the implementation of Niger’s Country Strategy Paper and the way in which it has contributed to the achievement of the objectives of the Government’s 2017-2021 Economic and Social Development Plan”. He said the meeting would enable participants to “examine in depth the performance of the Bank’s portfolio in Niger in 2022 and engage in the necessary consultations with stakeholders on the prospects for the Bank’s strategic interventions under the Country Strategy Paper 2023-2027”.
At the opening of the meeting on June 21, 2022, (from right to left), Mr. Kalidou Diallo, Country Economist at the African Development Bank in Niger; Dr. John Andrianarisata, Country Director of the Bank, Mr. Saadou Bakoye, Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning and Mr. Iro Souléye, Advisor to the Ministry of Planning.
The country manager said that the review showed encouraging results despite a difficult context and the delay in the start of the two major infrastructure projects amounting to 161 million dollars. The two projects relate to opening up the Hamdara-Wacha-Dungass cross-border production basins and the Tamaske-Tahoua and Tamaske-Marraraba road development project.
He said that the Bank Group had approved ten operations worth US$369 million, comprising the agriculture, transport and governance sectors and noted that portfolio performance was rated as satisfactory, with a score of 3.14 on a scale of 1 to 4.
Secretary General Bakoye declared: “The objectives set for this mission will be fully achieved and the Country Strategy Paper 2023-2027 will be perfectly aligned with the strategic orientations of the Economic and Social Development Program 2022-2026 adopted by the [Niger] government.”
The African Development Bank Group portfolio in Niger shows a predominance of transport (39%), followed by rural development (26%), energy (24%), telecommunications (7%), governance (2%) and social (2%). . As of May 31, 2022, the Group’s active portfolio amounted to $693 million.