The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, says the bank would invest 12 billion dollars in the power sector in Africa in four years with the goal of leveraging on the aviation sector.
He said the sector was very important to Africa because it accounted for about 73 billion dollars in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and created about 7 million jobs across the continent.
“Without electricity, you really cannot operate any effective and efficient airline industry and so this is one of the top priorities of the bank.
“We are investing in the power sector 12 billion dollars in the next four years with the goal of leveraging between 45 to 50 million dollars in this sector because I firmly believe that Africa cannot develop in the dark.
“So we must fast track that and when we have electricity, everything functions, even for the aviation industry and the tourism industry is actually quite linked to the aviation industry as well.”
Adesina said the bank’s investment in the sector covered building new airports in Ghana, Senegal, Casablanca and building of new infrastructure in Morocco.