Some Early Results of Active Projects
|Transport and Trade Facilitation |
- In West Africa, border crossing time at Heremakono has been reduced from 4hrs (Jun 2008) to 30min (Mar 2011). Nigeria has achieved US FAA International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 rating in August 2010. Nigeria's registered carriers such as Arik can now offer direct flights to/from Nigeria from/to the USA for the first time in nearly 30 years. In Mali, the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) compliance rate with ICAO safety standards has improved from 24.5% (Jun 2005) to 70% (May 2010). In Senegal CAA's compliance rate with ICAO's security standards has improved from 28% (Feb 2009) to 89% (Dec 2010).
- In East Africa, transit time on the Northern Corridor from Mombasa to Kigali has decreased from 19 days (Dec 2005) to 7 days (Jun 2010) while variance of transit time has decreased from 14 days (Dec 2005) to 2 days (Jun 2010).
- In the Western Indian Ocean region, the number of ship inspections per year carried out at major ports in the region have increased from 223 (2005) to 481 (2010) and search and rescue communications have been established between Cape Town, Reunion, Mombasa, and the Seychelles.
- In Central Africa, reliable generation capacity at the Inga 1 and 2 plants has increased from below 600MW (Jan 2007) to 965MW (Mar 2011).
- In West Africa, the completion and energization of the Aboadze 330kV transmission line has increased power transfer capacity, reduced the need for reactive power in the system and improved voltage levels and supply to greater Accra.
|Information and Communications Technology |
- In East Africa, the monthly price of wholesale international E1 capacity link has decreased in Kenya from $7,500 (Mar 2007) to $800 (Jun 2010) and in Tanzania from $10,000 (Dec 2008) to $1,600 (Feb 2010). In Burundi the monthly price of 256kb internet access has decreased from $2,500 (Mar 2007) to $490 (Mar 2010). In Rwanda, the number of internet users has increased from 726 (Sep 2008) to 8,500 (Sep 2010). Access to telephones services has increased in Kenya from 20% (Mar 2007) to 53% (Jun 2010), in Rwanda from 9.4% (Sep 2008) to 36% (Jun 2010), and in Tanzania from 32% (Dec 2008) to 47% (Sep 2010).
- In Central Africa, coverage of mobile networks in CAR has increased from 19% (Dec 2008) to 61% (Dec 2010). Access to telephone services has increased between Dec 2008 and Dec 2009 in Cameroon from 28% to 40%, in CAR from 8% to 12%, and in Chad from 10% to 19%.
- In Southern Africa, the number of university PCs connected to broadband has increased in Madagascar from 0 (Mar 2007) to 1,650 (Jun 2010) while during the same period the total number of subscribers to internet services has increased from 12,000 to 87,750.
|River Basin Management |
- In West Africa, the institutional structure of OMVS has been reformed to include Guinea. 4,000 hectares of irrigated areas in the Senegal River Basin have been rehabilitated and developed and 88km of irrigation canals have been built or rehabilitated (Feb 2011).
- In Eastern Africa, a regional flood coordination unit for the Nile River has been established, equipped and furnished. In Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan national flood forecasting centers have been established and strengthened.
- In West Africa, a satellite-based fishing vessel monitoring system is in place and functioning in Senegal, Cape Verde, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Liberia the first comprehensive fisheries regulation since the war has been gazetted to provide a new framework for managing the fisheries. In Liberia and Sierra Leone, a competent sanitary authority is now accredited for certification of exports to the European Union and at the CRSP a regional database and 'dashboard' of key environmental, economic and social fisheries statistics has been established.
- In Western Africa, 29 regional locust monitoring bases have been rehabilitated or constructed and a locust early warning and response system is now fully functional in 7 countries. The Mauritania center of locust control has demonstrated again its capacity to control at a very early stage a major locust outbreak from October 2010 to March 2011.
- In West Africa, a system for data collection, analysis and reporting on agricultural technologies, research skills, and regional productivity has been established and is managed by CORAF. 11 new technologies have been released by Dec 2010, 4 in Ghana, 3 in Senegal, and 3 in Mali. All show an improvement in yield of 20-40% and about 4,500 producers have already adopted these technologies.
- In West Africa, due to its modernized assets/liability management system BOAD was able to raise substantial capital in the regional financial market and has achieved between 2008 and 2009 a 125% increase in overall commitment in project finance and a 43% increase in net profit. The number of companies issuing bonds in the regional market has increased due to new rules and fee structure from 25 (Dec 2007) to 38 (Dec 2010).
- In Central Africa, the fraction of foreign reserves managed regionally by BEAC has increased from 35% (Nov 2007) to 48% (Mar 2010).
Last updated: June 8, 2011