CONGO BRAZZAVILLE / AFRICAN UNION : PIDA JOURNALIST’S NETWORK WORKSHOP
Since September 3, 2019, the capital of the Republic of Congo is hosting for the fifth (05) time the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Journalist‘s Network Workshop.
Every year, this workshop brings together African media men, aims to give them more informations on the role and impact of PIDA in the continent's socio-economic development. It also aims to share information and knowledge on PIDA with a view of raising public awareness. It is also a question of facilitating and allowing a dialogue on experiences and ideas on infrastructure development in Africa.
During three days (03), the invited journalists will be immersed in the missions and functioning of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), including an update on the achievements of PIDA Projects for the 2012-2020 agenda. And according to Yagouba T. one of the moderators of the African Union Commission for PIDA, only 35% of the projects were carried out throughout the African continent. Indeed, of the more than 400 projects initiated for the development of Africa, only 143 are in the construction phase or already finalized. These various projects in multiple sectors (energy, transport, transboundary waters and ICT) have succeeded to generate more than 1200 direct jobs.
It should be recalled that PIDA is a continental programme that promotes the development of a vision, policies, strategies and programme for infrastructure development at the regional and continental levels: transport, energy, water, telecommunications and ICT. The main objective of PIDA is to promote socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Africa through the implementation of integrated regional infrastructure networks. The PIDA sector study provides a foundation for the development of a vision for infrastructure development in Africa, based on strategic objectives and sector policies. The idea is to prioritize regional and continental investment programs (Energy, transport, water, telecommunications and information and communication technology) in the short, medium and long term, until 2030. These studies will also provide recommendations regarding institutional and legal frameworks and funding mechanisms for programme implementation and monitoring.