I would like, on behalf of the General Secretariat of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), to say my pride in organizing, alongside the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic from Chad and the Central African Republic, an event as important as this round table of technical and financial partners of ECCAS, scheduled to be held on March 19, 2020, in Brazzaville, on Congolese soil.

Next March 19 will be held the round table for the financing of infrastructure projects in Central Africa, organized by the General Secretariat of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) with the participation of the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Chad and the Republic of the Central African Republic. I would like, on behalf of all the countries represented by ECCAS, to point out all the historic significance that the implementation of these projects represents in line with the objectives of NEPAD affirmed now fifteen years ago.

I like to remind you that the organization of this round table is fully in line with the missions of ECCAS, which has been working since 1983 to promote the economic, social and cultural development of Africa with the aim of creating regional structures, that can gradually lead to the establishment of a common market.

Federating the most prestigious public and private partners around the same table makes even more sense when we refer to the ECCAS reform project – a project that I have supported since my arrival at the head of the organization – and which consists in particular of encouraging sub-regional integration by promoting the interconnection of the countries of Central Africa by the construction of new transport infrastructures.

The Brazzaville round table deals with the financing of 12 flagship infrastructure projects for the development of this part of the African continent. It is intended to be a catalyst event, organized around one of the most ambitious challenges that Africa has ever had to face: developing the exchange of goods and the movement of people through the development of new communication channels to boost economies and create jobs.

With robust growth prospects for the coming years and having significant natural, mining and forestry resources still untapped for many of them, Central Africa is positioning itself as the lever that the African continent needs to continue on the path to sustainable development.

Supporting it in realizing this ambition is part of our collective responsibility.

As such, I address my warmest thanks to the African Development Bank (AfDB) which supports the organization of the Brazzaville round table, under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Congo, HE Denis Sassou N’guesso.