Algeria, July 4, 2018

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Millennium Challenge Corporation announces new collaboration with AfDB

The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash and African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Senior Vice-President Charles Boamah have announced new opportunities for collaboration between the institutions.

The announcement was made during the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) mission stop in Côte d’Ivoire.

“We are excited to be expanding this important partnership with the African Development Bank in support of our shared commitment to reducing poverty through economic growth,” Millennium Challenge Corporation COO Jonathan Nash said. “The African Development Bank will continue to be an important partner for MCC as we explore our new authority to make cross-border, regional investments.”

“The improved coordination between both institutions is positive and our goal is to develop and implement programs and projects in African countries in different areas, including energy, agriculture, and transport,” African Development Bank Senior Vice President Charles Boamah said in his remarks. “These areas align well with the Bank’s strategic priorities, even as we both continue to focus on leveraging private sector initiatives and opportunities in the foreseeable future.”

MCC and the African Development Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2016 at the Bank’s annual meetings in Lusaka Zambia.

As announced in a session with the PAC-DBIA delegation at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, MCC and AfDB will now be cooperating in two new areas of opportunity. The first area will support the efforts of MCC’s $375 million Benin Compact to expand access to electricity for Benin’s rural and peri-urban areas. The second area will be to collaborate more expansively on regional investments.

In Benin, AfDB will work with the Millennium Challenge Account-Benin II, the entity implementing the MCC Benin Compact, to stimulate public and private investment in the energy sector and improve energy access for the people of Benin. Through this cooperation, MCC and AfDB will work to increase access to blended grant and debt financing for off-grid and mini-grid companies as part of an Off-Grid Energy Facility funded by the compact.

MCC and AfDB will also work together to implement MCC’s new authority to make regional investments. In April 2018, Congress passed and President Trump signed the AGOA and MCA Modernization Act giving MCC increased flexibility to promote regional collaboration, trade, and economic growth by authorizing MCC to enter into an additional, concurrent compact with a country partner specifically to promote regional integration.

This new authority aligns with AfDB’s Regional Integration Policy and Strategy for 2014-2023 that seeks to create larger, more attractive markets, link landlocked countries to international markets, and support intra-African trade.

During the meeting, COO Nash also took the opportunity to highlight MCC’s $524.7 million Côte d’Ivoire Compact, which is designed to support private-sector led economic growth. MCC’s initiatives in Côte d’Ivoire aim to build workforce capacity and facilitate transportation in Abidjan, creating new opportunities for engagement in the education and transportation sectors.

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