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Ethiopia Secures $1.72 Billion in World Bank Funding for Utilities and Infrastructure Development

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 7, 2024

Power, and water supply expansion in Ethiopia

World Bank loans are known for their borrower-friendly terms, often featuring low to zero interest rates with repayment periods extending over 30 to 40 years. These conditions provide a sustainable financial framework for recipient countries to implement significant developmental projects without the immediate pressure of repayment.
Ethiopian board has successfully negotiated a $1.72 billion loan agreement with the World Bank

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – In a significant boost to its infrastructure and utility sectors, Ethiopia has successfully negotiated a $1.72 billion loan agreement with the World Bank. This financial injection is earmarked for extensive enhancements in the country's electricity and water supply systems and will also support the improvement of access to food markets.


Renewable Energy and Electricity Expansion

A substantial portion of the funding, amounting to $523 million, is dedicated to the expansion of Ethiopia's electrical grid. This initiative is set to significantly increase the country's renewable energy capacity, aligning with global sustainable energy goals and addressing local energy needs.


Enhancing Food Market Access

The World Bank's commitment includes an allocation of $500 million towards two pivotal projects aimed at facilitating the movement of agricultural produce to markets. These projects will focus on improving rural road networks, thereby easing the transport of food, enhancing trade opportunities, and contributing to food security in the region.


Addressing Climate and Economic Challenges

Ethiopia's journey towards economic recovery is challenged by a spectrum of factors, including the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the two-year conflict in the Tigray region, and natural adversities such as droughts, floods, and locust invasions. This financial aid from the World Bank is a timely intervention, aimed at mitigating these challenges and steering the country towards sustainable development.


Water Supply and Youth Employment Initiatives

The remaining funds from the World Bank loan will be allocated to vital water supply improvement projects and programs designed to employ disadvantaged youth in urban areas. These initiatives are expected to bolster community resilience, improve living standards, and contribute to the overall socio-economic development of the nation.


Favorable Loan Terms

World Bank loans are known for their borrower-friendly terms, often featuring low to zero interest rates with repayment periods extending over 30 to 40 years. These conditions provide a sustainable financial framework for recipient countries to implement significant developmental projects without the immediate pressure of repayment.

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