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Power Africa initiative welcomes new development partner

The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) and USAID’s Power Africa initiative have today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will finance power projects in 22 African countries.

The memorandum was signed at the African Development Bank’s inaugural Africa Investment Forum, held in Johannesburg, South Africa where emphasis on investment is at the core of multiple transactions anticipated to take place.

At the signing, the Trade and Development Bank’s pesident and chief executive, Admassu Tadesse, said: “TDB is very pleased to deepen its existing partnership with USAID in further support of the Power Africa Initiative, which resonates strongly with TDB’s strategy and mandate. We are proud to count USAID among our growing number of cooperating trade and development finance partners in the US.”

Financing power sector

As a new entrant to the programme, this collaboration makes TDB the 18th development partner of the Power Africa initiative. Read more:  Power Africa’s 2.0 strategy targets transmission

This formalises an already existing relationship between Power Africa and TBD, which has been working together to finance the power sector, and will now further strengthen the commitment to powering Africa through local institutions.

The senior deputy assistant administrator of USAID’s Africa Bureau, Ramsey Day, also commented: “We are excited to welcome TDB as our 18th development partner. We applaud the Bank’s commitment to increase its exposure in the energy sector from its current 8% to 20% of its portfolio, the equivalent of bringing $400 million new dollars towards power sector financing.”

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.