FEXTE: A cooperation instrument

The Fund for Technical Expertise and Experience Transfers (FEXTE) finances technical cooperation programs in middle-income countries. In 2016, AFD committed EUR 6m under this mechanism.
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FEXTE meets the development needs of middle-income countries, feeds into public policy dialogue, and promotes French expertise.

Eligibility criteria

The first condition to benefit from FEXTE financing is to be ranked as a middle-income country (MIC). The list of MICs is established by the World Bank every year based on average per capita gross national income (GNI). 

The technical cooperation program is also required to meet 4 criteria:

  • Be in line with AFD’s geographical and sectoral mandates 
  • Concern a sector with a priority focus on “green and inclusive growth”
  • Promote French expertise or experience 
  • Contribute to French influence.

Eligible programs

The mechanism may be used to finance several types of programs:

  • Technical assistance
  • Expert missions, planned for the long term or only for the short term
  • High-level training actions 
  • Strategic partnerships between public institutions 
  • Studies (excluding feasibility studies), etc.  

3 examples of programs financed by a FEXTE

Technical cooperation: the services of a French municipality assist another municipality in the implementation of an urban mobility project. This experience sharing may concern all the aspects of the project: normative aspects, service management methods, etc.

Technical assistance: an electricity operator uses French provisions as a basis to finance major investments in renewable energies. 

A technical cooperation program: FEXTE supports sectoral financing or an investment plan for which French expertise can be mobilized.   

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