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OPEC Fund approves over $500m in new global development support

OPEC Fund approves over $500m in new global development support

The 15 new projects approved reflect OPEC Fund’s launch of a $1bn food security action plan and the adoption of its first dedicated climate action plan earlier this year

Zubina Ahmed
OPEC Fund approves over $500m in new global development support

Setting a new record, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved more than $500m in new financing at the most recent meeting of its governing board and in the final quarter of 2022.

The 15 new projects approved reflect OPEC Fund’s launch of a $1bn food security action plan and the adoption of its first dedicated climate action plan earlier this year. In addition, new engagements will support infrastructure development and investments to improve communities in the fund’s partner countries around the world, according to an OFID statement published on its website.

OPEC Fund director-general Dr Abdulhamid Alkhalifa said: “In a very challenging year, the OPEC Fund was able to significantly increase its support and strengthen its impact. Our new approvals will provide much-needed financing to address urgent global issues such as food, energy and climate security in line with our strategic priorities. At the same time, we recognise the need to accelerate support for sustainable development to ensure people’s livelihoods and well-being worldwide.”

The OPEC Fund Governing Board approved the following projects:

Energy and renewable energy:
Niger: A $25m loan to the Niger Solar Plant Development and Electricity Access Improvement Project will connect 80,000 households to the national electrical grid through the construction and grid integration of a 10 MWp solar photovoltaic plant. The OPEC Fund will also co-finance the construction of electrical transmission lines in the southern region of the country and in the capital city Niamey.

Bangladesh: A $38m private sector loan will support the construction of a 584 MW power plant, create more than 1,000 jobs and strengthen the country’s energy security.

Uzbekistan: A $20m private sector loan will contribute to the financing of a 500 MW wind farm and 160 kilometers of transmission lines, helping the country modernise its energy infrastructure. Another $20m private sector loan will help finance a 500 MW wind farm and 128 kilometers of transmission lines.

Tanzania: A $60m tranche financing facility to the Benaco-Kyaka Transmission Line Project will support the construction of more than 160 kilometers of transmission lines and a substation to deliver reliable energy services from the national grid to the north-western region of the country.

Food Security:
Benin: A US$14 million supplementary loan will support the ongoing Agricultural Development and Market Access Support Project, which is expected to benefit more than 255,000 people, including smallholder farmers. The project will boost farmers’ income and strengthen food security and nutrition in rural areas.

Liberia: A US$10 million loan to the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone Project will enhance food security and provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Social infrastructure, international trade and MSME support:
Africa: A $50m loan to a regional multilateral development bank will bolster infrastructure projects in countries across the continent.

Africa: A $40m loan to a private sector institution will support the import and export of agricultural commodities and fertilizer across multiple African countries.

Cote d’Ivoire: A €70m program-based loan will contribute to the financing of the Economic and Social Reform Support Program. The budget support is intended to promote reforms aimed at providing access to basic social infrastructure for disadvantaged people.

Africa: A €50m loan to a regional multilateral development bank will support SMEs and green energy projects in several West African countries.

Kyrgyz Republic: A $15m loan to the Reconstruction of the Suusamyr-Talas-Taraz Road (Phase-IV) Project will support the reconstruction and upgrade of a 93 km section of the road corridor, connecting the country with neighboring Kazakhstan in order to promote regional trade and tourism.

Madagascar: A $36.5m financing package, consisting of a loan and a $1.5m grant to the National Clean Cooking Transition Program, will provide clean cooking to 200,000 local households and help to replant 1,500 hectare of forest.

Mauritania: A $40m loan to the Kiffa Water Supply Project will contribute to financing a water treatment plant, four pumping stations and more than 300 kilometers of pipeline to deliver potable water to the country’s third-largest city Kiffa and the surrounding rural area.

Botswana: A $20m loan will support a private sector institution to assist local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, especially businesses owned by women.

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