Benin - Economic Competitiveness Support Programme (PACEB)

Project Summary

Approval Date 31 Oct 2018
Signature Date 12 Nov 2018
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 7,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Economic Competitiveness Support Programme (PACEB-I) is a set of two programmatic budget support operations spanning Fiscals 2018 and 2019, with a total funding budget of UA 13 million. This new reform support operation comes in continuation of the Benin Energy Sector Support Programme (PASEBE) approved in 2017 by the Bank to support essential emergency measures put in place by the Government to address the country’s severe energy crisis. PACEB is divided into two complementary components, namely (i) Strengthening the investment environment and (ii) Improving energy governance and inclusion. These two components contribute to the implementation of reform measures aimed at removing the main constraints on competitiveness of Benin’s economy and reducing spatial disparities in access to energy. This support constitutes the first phase I of The program (PACEB-I).

Project Objectives

PACEB aims to contribute towards creating conditions conducive to strong and inclusive economic growth by boosting Benin's economic competitiveness. More specifically, the programme will contribute to: (i) the establishment of a legal and regulatory framework conducive, on the one hand, to the development of a structured private sector that creates added value and, on the other hand, to the optimization of public investment; and (ii) strengthening energy sector governance to fill the energy gap and ensure more inclusive access.


PACEB’s direct beneficiaries are the Ministry of the Economy and Finance through financing of the national budget, the Ministry of Energy, AER, SBEE, CEB and all private sector actors. Indirectly, the programme will benefit the Benin population as a whole. It will definitely lay the groundwork for a structural transformation of the economy around viable private and public investment projects that are engines of strong and sustainable economic growth and socioeconomic well-being thanks in particular to the induced improvement in basic public services (health, education, drinking water, etc.), private sector development, job creation and reduction of urban social insecurity.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-BJ-K00-005
Last Update 06 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name SOW Koudeidiatou

Geographic Location

Country Benin
Coordinates Location Name
6.36736 2.4225 Cotonou
9.5 2.25 Benin