AfDB president Donald Kaberuka made the announcement at the official opening of the fourth joint conference of African ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Addis Ababa on Monday.
Details of the packages could not be immediately obtained.
But the Pan-African bank’s boss emphasised that the revolutions in North Africa must serve as a warning to governments on the continent to have their development priorities right.
Long serving Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali resigned in January after weeks of protests by citizens angry over high levels of poverty in a country which had recorded years of positive economic growth.
He was followed by President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who fell after sustained protests.
Dr Kaberuka blamed the duo’s downfall on “excessive dependence on hydrocarbons” and “dynastic governments”.
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“It’s quite important that ministers put at the centre of their agenda the issue of inclusive growth,” he said