Nepad launches web-based African development tracker
The New Partnership for Africa Development (Nepad) has launched a web-based portal called Virtual PIDA Information Centre (VPiC) to disseminate information about the AU’s regional infrastructure programmes.
VPiC will allow easy access to up-to-date information on the implementation status of the 51 PIDA (Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa) projects, and users to the site will be able to search for projects by name, country or Regional Economic Community (REC).
PIDA was developed by the AUC, Nepad Agency and Africa Development Bank (AfDB) to enhance cross-border trade, share resources and co-ordinate the construction of mutually beneficial infrastructure on the African continent.
The PIDA regional projects will be implemented between 2020 and 2040. The intention is to encourage regional integration and interconnection, which will facilitate improved trading and in turn lead to greater socio-economic development.
In his presentation on VPiC Nepad’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, said: “Most of the projects in our priority action plan will be reflected in terms of background, financial reports and progress of implementation. VPiC will fill a vacuum of vital information to investors in Africa and outside the continent.”
To date, information on PIDA has been spread across various internet sources, making it difficult to gain a clear picture of the progress made to date. VPic provides a single host, maintained by all stakeholders involved.