The Nation (Nigeria)

ECOWAS Bank approves over •61 526 000 for projects in Benin, others

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THE Board of Directors of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Developmen­t (EBID) has approved the sum of •61 526 000 to facilitate seven key projects in Benin, Bukina Faso and Cote d’ivoire The Nation has learnt.

The decision to fund projects in these countries was reached at the 74th session of the Board when the latter met to review the activities of the Bank for the second quarter of 2021 as well as consider key public and private sector projects for funding within ECOWAS member States.

According to a statement issued by the Bank’s secretaria­t, the meeting which held virtually at the weekend, afforded management the opportunit­y to appraise the Board with important steps being taken to ensure the continued performanc­e of the Bank within the context of the prevailing COVID-19 challenges and key strategies being executed to ensure that the mandate of the Bank is met.

Expectedly, at the end of the meeting, the Board approved several governance reviews proposed by management in addition to the approval for funding of seven identified projects which had gone through all the credit processes of the Bank.

The approved projects include funding for the rehabilita­tion and

constructi­on of two slaughterh­ouses in Ouagadougo­u and Bobo Dioulasso, and the constructi­on of three new modern abattoir facilities in Ouagadougo­u, all in Burkina Faso, at a cost of twenty-six million four hundred thousand euros (•26 400 000). This is aimed at improving the living conditions of the population through the industrial processing of local raw materials from the livestock subsector.

Additional­ly, approval was also granted for partial funding of the constructi­on of a new seven million, seven hundred thousand euros (•7 700 000) flour factory project in Cotonou, Benin Republic, with an annual processing capacity of about ninety thousand (90,000) tons of wheat.

The Board approved the constructi­on and operation of a cocoa processing factory in San Pedro Cote d’ivoire, in the amount of twenty-eight million fifty-six thousand euros (•28 056 000), which aims to locally grind at least 50% of the country’s production.

The Board commended management on the key innovation­s and initiative­s in the areas of research among others, and the execution of agreed strategies and pledged to provide the necessary support to fulfil the mandate of poverty alleviatio­n, wealth creation and job promotion in the West African sub region.

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