Korea Eximbank to co-finance energy projects in Africa
Agreement seeks to help African countries transition to green energy
7 Jul 2021 | Michael Marray

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Export-Import Bank of Korea have signed an agreement under which South Korea will provide US$600 million in co-financing for energy projects alongside the AfDB.

The Korea-Africa Energy Investment Framework (KAEIF) pact follows the signing on May 28 2021 of a general cooperation agreement between the AfDB and the Korean government.

The KAEIF has a particular focus on renewable energy solutions in Africa, including generation, transmission, distribution, off-grid and mini-grid, policy and regulatory reform, energy efficiency and clean cooking projects.

“The KAEIF demonstrates the close cooperation between the African Development Bank and the Republic of Korea on the development of Africa’s energy sector. KAEIF will provide much needed additional funding, to supplement the bank’s financing, to support accelerated energy access and the continent’s just transition to clean energy,” says Kevin Kariuki, AfDB vice president for power, energy, climate and green growth.

The Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance notes that, similar to how the Korean government prioritized the Green New Deal as its latest growth engine in the post-Covid landscape, the facility is expected to help African countries transition to green energy while simultaneously improving access to energy.

KAEIF funds will also support project preparation, capacity building and knowledge-sharing activities through the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Trust Fund.

South Korea joined the AfDB in 1980. In 2013 the Korean government set up KOAFEC as a conduit for contributions to multi-donor and special funds managed by the bank.

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