Access to finance remains a genuine challenge to micro and small and medium-sized enterprises across the ACP regions, but local private enterprise development is a major driver of economic growth, revenue generation and international competiveness. The EIB has made developing the private and financial sectors a priority across all non-EU mandates.
The Annual Reports were prepared by the Audit Committee of the Bank, an independent body of individuals appointed by, and reporting to, the Board of Governors. These reports are published in accordance with a decision of the EIB's Board of Governors on 19 June 2015.
Sustainable energy is a key priority for the EIB in Africa. Almost a quarter of recent EIB operations in sub-Saharan Africa, and over a third of recent operations in North Africa, support the energy sector.
In its meetings of 14 July and 21 September 2010, the EIB Board of Directors approved the proposal for the establishment of a multi-purpose and multi-sectoral fund, the Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (the "EPTATF").
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