Saudi Fund for Development grants $9m grant package for infrastructure projects in Djibouti
The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) recently signed an agreement for a grant package worth over USD $9 million to fund the design and construction of a water distribution network, a judicial courthouse and infrastructure projects in Dijbouti, marking the latest in a series of the SFD’s development projects in the country.
The Vice-Chairman of the SFD, Dr. Khaled bin Sulaiman Al Khudairy, signed the agreement with Mr. Elias Moussa Douala, the Minister of Economy and Finance, in the presence Djibouti’s Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed and other government officials, while leading a delegation from the Fund on a visit to Djibouti.
Mr. Al Khudairy said, “The SFD and government of Djibouti have a long history of working together to positively alter the social and economic landscape of this country. Over the decades, the SFD’s funding has supported numerous infrastructure projects throughout the country, from developing the education sector to expanding transportation and communication capabilities. We hope the new projects will ensure that the people of Djibouti are given the opportunities to not only better their futures, but their communities’ futures too.”
In addition to helping developing the country’s infrastructure, many of the SFDs projects in Djibouti support social development programs that provide direct benefits to citizens. This includes contributing to the Djibouti Social Fund in support of Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) incubation, as well as building of a number of multi- use sports fields throughout the country.
To date, the SFD have contributed to a total of 17 development projects in Djibouti, which includes the rehabilitation of major roads, the airport, and the partial financing of the soon to be completed Tajura Port, which will provide an important gateway into the Horn of Africa.