Introduction

SADC has indentified infrastructure as one of the major contributing factor for economic growth and poverty reduction in the region. The present state of infrastructure as well as the infrastructure gap between the SADC region and the more developed countries constitutes a serious handicap to the region’s production and competiveness.

In order to address this issue, SADC has created the Project Preparation and Development Facility (PPDF) as an instrument to facilitate the successful development of bankable projects for market presentation.

Purpose of the PPDF

  • Create a conducive environment for investment by financing the preparation of infrastructure projects based in at least one SADC Member State or those with a direct and positive impact on another Member State.
  • Concentrate on those projects that will be considered as enablers of regional integration providing technical assistance for project identification, preparation and feasibility studies as well as for advisory, and capacity building purposes that will lead to investment in projects.
  • Provide technical assistance in infrastructure project identification, preparation and feasibility studies with a view to presenting bankable projects to investors and lenders.

The PPDF will finance preparation of projects in the following sectors:

  • Transport: including road, bridges, air, shipping, rail, ports, and border posts
  • Energy: including generation, transmission and distribution, including projects supporting alternative and/or renewable energy
  • Information and Communication Technologies, including Telecommunications
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Tourism related infrastructure as in Trans-frontier Conservation Areas (TFCA)