Benin - Economic Competitiveness Support Programme (PACEB) - PHASE II

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Jul 2019
Signature Date 13 Aug 2019
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 5,042,277
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed operation concerns the extension of a loan of UA 3,497,974 and a grant of UA 1,544,303 from the resources of the African Development Fund (ADF) to the Republic of Benin for the financing of Phase II of its Economic Competitiveness Support Programme (PACEB-II). PACEB is a programme-based series comprising two consecutive General Budget Support (GBS) operations covering the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. With overall financing of UA 13 million, PACEB aims to remove the major constraints on Benin's economic competitiveness and narrow the spatial disparities in energy access by supporting, on the one hand, the establishment of a legal and regulatory framework as well as appropriate infrastructure conducive to the development of a well-performing private sector and, on the other hand, strengthening energy sector governance with a view to closing the energy gap and making energy access more inclusive. Phase II of the Programme will continue with support for further reforms required to achieve the programme's goal and the specific expected results, including: (i) sustainable increase in private investment; creation of greater industrial value added and; (iii) increase in electricity supply and improved energy inclusion through increased installed generating capacity and promotion of off-grid electrification. The budget support resources supporting PACEB II will also contribute towards partially bridging the 2019 budget’s financing gap, which stands at CFAF 274.3 billion.

Project Objectives

PACEB-II is Phase II of PACEB whose key objective is to contribute towards creating favourable conditions for strong and inclusive economic growth, by improving Benin's economic competitiveness. More specifically, the programme will contribute towards: (i) establishing a legal and regulatory framework conducive, on the one hand, to the development of a structured private sector that creates value added and, on the other hand, to public investment optimisation; and (ii) strengthening energy sector governance with a view to closing the energy gap and making energy access more inclusive. The programme addresses the country’s key challenges and constraints.


PACEB’s direct beneficiaries are the Ministry of the Economy and Finance through financing of the national budget, Ministry of Energy, Electricity Regulatory Authority (ARE), Benin power company (SBEE), Bi-national power company (CEB) and all private sector actors. Indirectly, the programme will benefit Benin’s population at large. It will lay the groundwork for a structural transformation of the economy around viable private and public investment projects, which constitute drivers of strong and sustainable economic growth and socio-economic well-being thanks particularly to the induced improvement of basic public services (health, education, drinking water, etc.), private sector development, job creation and reduced urban insecurity.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministère des Finances et de l'Economie


IATI identifier 46002-P-BJ-K00-006
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Koudeidiatou SOW

Geographic Location

Country Benin
Coordinates Location Name
6.36736 2.4225 Cotonou