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N° 1 - March-April 2013
A publication of the Transport and ICT Department of the African Development Bank

N° 1 - March-April 2013
A publication of the Transport and ICT Department of the African Development Bank

Let me start by welcoming you to our first edition of “LinkAfrica”, the African Development Bank’s newsletter dedicated to transport and telecommunications.

As you know, this sector is crucial for the sustainable development of our continent. There simply cannot be any real inclusive growth, opening of land-locked countries, regional integration or substantial
improvement in the quality of life of our citizens – especially women – without robust infrastructure.

This newsletter comes at an opportune time to fill a communication gap. “LinkAfrica” is the missing link connecting what the Bank does on the ground with all the various stakeholders in our sector namely ministries, development partners, sector experts, executive agencies, NGOs, media or simply the users of the projects we are privileged to finance.

Indeed, the AfDB has a lot to share in this sector. We are the partner of choice for the financing of transport infrastructure – national, regional or continent wide – , and the Bank has financed structural, innovative projects acclaimed by beneficiary countries and awarded internationally.

The Bank has also built up substantial knowledge and expertise in the transportation sector in Africa, through numerous pertinent economic and sector studies, both carried out and financed either for the Bank or for our clients.

The “LinkAfrica” newsletter aims at sharing this wealth of experience and knowledge, focusing on the development of the human potential, and
focusing on the impact of our operations.

Like me, you will probably be touched reading in this edition the testimonies of mothers, businessmen and students telling us how their lives have been transformed since the opening in November 2012 of the Nairobi – Thika Highway. “LinkAfrica” promises to capture and share more transformational testimonies in 2013.

Gilbert Mbesherubusa
Vice President Infrastructure,
Private Sector and Regional Integration


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