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Emerging Africa Infrastructure Facility

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Facility to the development of economic infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. (211811)

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) has committed to lend US $300 million, of which US $60 million represents equity provided by DFID, for a number of investments in economic infrastructure and improved services in sub-Saharan Africa. These loans are helping to mobilise more than US $5 billion of private investment to deliver port, energy and agricultural facilities as well as improved electricity and communications services for more than three million people in Africa. The performance of EAIF was recently assessed, together with other private sector infrastructure investment facilities supported by DFID, in an independent review commissioned by DFID’s evaluation team. Evaluation Report EV684, March 2008 is available online at:

www.dfid.gov.uk/aboutdfid/performance/files/ev684.pdf