EIB accelerates climate disaster recovery, clean energy and transport investment in Madagascar
09-05-2022 10:06:27 | by: Pie Kamau | hits: 5209 | Tags:

Reconstruction of road and rail links in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo will be accelerated following the disbursement of 16.4 million by the European Investment Bank.

“Madagascar welcomes the technical and financial backing of the European Investment Bank and European Union that is ensuring that our country recovers from the damage caused by the global climate emergency and ensure that strategic infrastructure is more resilient to future extreme weather. Disbursement of financing to repair transport links washed away by climate disasters in Antananarivo and support for upgrading clean energy and transport links across Madagascar are supporting economic and social progress for Madagascans.” said Richard Randriamandranto, Economy and Finance Minister of the republic of Madagascar.

“The European Investment Bank is working closely with Madagascan and Team Europe partners to support reconstruction of national road and rail links in Antananarivo. We welcome the progress made that has enabled 16.4 million of high-impact financing to be disbursed in the last two months. This reflects the hard work of our partners at the RoadsAgency. The EIB has supported transformational investment across Madagascar over the last 50 years and we stand side by side with Madagascar to protect vulnerable communities from a changing climate.” said Ambroise Fayolle, European Investment Bank Vice President.

“The strong partnership between Madagascar and the European Union ensure that new investment is replacing stronger infrastructure to better face a changing climate and increasing renewable energy generation. Support provided by the European Investment Bank and the European Union is transforming the lives of Madagascans and enabling economic growth and quicker recovery from recent tragic climate disasters.” said Giovanni Di Girolamo, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Madagascar.

Roads sections in Madagascar were rehabilitated and repaired to both improve journey times and provide sustainable infrastructure. Works began at the end of 2018 following the initial EIB disbursements (now totalling 30 million) and was delivered in January. The reconstruction is being carried out by the Roads Agency (AR), on behalf of the Ministry of Public Works.  Apart from repairs to roads, work on renovating flood protection dams is also well under way.

The financing, part of a 40 million 18-year EIB loan to assist reconstruction agreed in 2017. This is supporting repairs to better protect strategic infrastructure from future flooding and adapt to a changing climate. The EIB is exceptionally financing 100% of the reconstruction work given the climate disaster nature of the necessary rebuilding work. Concessional financing provided by the EIB is being supported by a 2.7 million interest rate subsidy. Additional project components of the Antananarivo transport reconstruction scheme are also being backed by grant funding provided by the European Union.

In recent months, the European Investment Bank and European Union have enabled transformational energy and transport investment to progress across Madagascar, with close to 42 million disbursed on four infrastructure projects Following the visit of EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle to Antananarivo in January, advanced construction of the Rocade project has been supported by the first disbursement of 11.8 million of the € 28 millionn EIB loan.

This project is part of the "Grand Antananarivo Program" designed to reduce the chronic traffic congestion in the capital and comprises two missing sections of the ring roads North-East and East of Antananarivo. In July, the EIB disbursed the second tranche of 11.4 million of a € 30 million loan to support expansion of the Jirama Andekaleka hydropower project and increase generation of clean energy in the country.

The EIB also provided in September the first tranche of 2 million of the grant of the European Union, to upgrade the RN6 and RN13 roads, after the 2.4 million loan disbursed last year for emergency works. This project of  235 million co-financed by the EU and the EIB will improve the country's transport links, and in particular access to two ports of economic and industrial scope respectively in the North and South of Madagascar.

A new loan of 81.3 million has been approved by the Bank for the financing of the electrical interconnexion between Antananarivo and Toamasina (PRIRTEM-1). The EIB will co-finance the construction of a 220 kV, 270 km-long overhead transmission line and related substations that will interconnect the currently isolated power systems of the capital and the main seaport of Toamasina, thereby supporting the integration of large hydro power plants being developed in both systems and significantly contributing to climate action.

The European Investment Bank is the world’s largest international public bank and has provided 825 million for long-term investment across Madagascar since 1970.