Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide
Vienna, Austria, December 12, 2012. The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 141st Session, has approved 22 loans and grants totaling nearly US$300 million to boost socio-economic development in 23 partner countries. The bulk of the public sector loans will co-finance projects aimed at enhancing the transportation and energy sectors of the recipient countries, as well as the agriculture, education and health sectors.
On July 9, OFID signed four public sector loan agreements with The Gambia, DR Congo and Bangladesh to help fund projects aimed at helping fight energy poverty, enhance food security and provide health services to underserved communities. The agreements were signed by OFID Director-general, Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish and HE Abdou Kolley, Minister of Finance & Economic Affairs of The Gambia; HE Mr. Mosud Mannan, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Germany; and, HE Mr. Roger Shulungu Runika, Vice Minister of Finance of DR Congo.