Validation Workshop Strategic Corridors in Southern Africa for an Enhanced and Greener EU-Africa Connectivity

In the context of the EU Global Gateway Initiative on Strategic Corridors, the EU Africa RISE (Reform for Investment and Sustainable Economies) programme is delighted to invite you to the Validation Workshop of the Scoping Study of this initiative in Southern Africa.

The Study aims to identify priority projects for investments in hard infrastructure and soft infrastructure that can be financed by the European Union under the EU Global Gateway Initiative to boost connectivity in the region.

 

Background and Rationale

The European Union’s Africa RISE (Reform for Investment and Sustainable Economies) programme is a demand-driven regional technical assistance facility to promote business development and improve the investment climate in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. It supports the longstanding involvement of the EU within SADC and within its member states and includes strengthening access to finance and promoting implementation of dedicated financial instruments.  It provides a range of services including research, analysis, strategy development, implementation and skills development and is financed by the European Union. 

Additionally, it supports the EU partnership with Africa on sustainable investments and jobs, inclusive green growth and decent work and operates in 25 countries in the East and Southern African and Indian Ocean region. As part of the EU’s Global Gateway, and in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the ambitions of the African Continental Free Trade Area, the EU intends to support the African continent by financing quality connectivity infrastructure through multi-country Team Europe Initiatives shaped along Strategic Corridors. These are also crucial to unlocking regional economic integration as fostered by the Regional Economic Communities in Africa and the Economic Partnership Agreements between the EU and several African countries.

Strategic Corridors

The corridors identified for the study are the North South Corridor (Durban to Lubumbashi through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and DRC) and the East West Corridor (Maputo to Gaborone to Walvis Bay (Mozambique, Eswatini, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia). The Strategic Corridors are transport systems that facilitate sustainable, efficient, smart, resilient, fair, affordable, secure and safe mobility and trade within Africa, as well as between Africa and Europe. They underpin regional activities through reliable networks and services that create jobs and support value chains that can benefit industries in both Africa and Europe. The corridors have been selected by the EU after analysing potential trade-offs across several and focusing on 32 indicators and are aligned with the agendas of the African Union and with SADC.

 

Objective of the Scoping Study

The objective of the study is to identify investment priorities in hard infrastructure and soft infrastructure and connectivity across the strategic corridors in transport infrastructure and trade in the two strategic corridors. The development of the Strategic Corridors will facilitate sustainable, efficient, smart, resilient, fair, affordable, secure and safe mobility and trade within those regions, as well as between Africa and Europe. It will also promote free movement of people in line with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.  They will enable territorial organisation (rural and urban) through reliable networks and services that create jobs and support value chains that can benefit industries in both Africa and the European Union.

 

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