Green Growth: The Future for Africa

Moderator:  Ms. Yvonne Ndege, Presenter, Al Jazeera

Opening Remarks:  H. E. Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Natural Resources (MINIRENA), Government of Rwanda


  • Hon. Trevor Andrew Manuel, Minister, National Planning Commission, South Africa
  • Mr. Richard Konteh, Chief of staff, office of the President of Sierra Leone
  • Mr. Mounkaila Goumandakoye , Regional Director for Africa, UNEP
  • Mr. Henri-Bernard Solignac Lecomte, Head of Unit, Europe, Middle-East and Africa, OECD
  • Mr. Landry Ndriko Mayigane, President of the Youth Alliance for Climate Action in Rwanda

Rapporteur:    Mr. Daniel Schroth, Principal Energy Specialist, Energy, Environment & Climate Change Department, AfDB


The transition to green growth and inclusive growth represents the overarching objectives of the AfDB’s Strategy for 2013-2022. The objective of the side event is to discuss how green growth can support economic transformation and improve human welfare on the African continent. Given the increasing demand of African countries to apply green concepts to their particular development circumstances, panelists will reflect on early lessons learned from pioneering country level activities within and outside Africa, explore the implications for the enabling environment and discuss support through innovative financing instruments. The main focus will be predicated on the need to build a more comprehensive and robust development model, which promotes growing the African economy, while sustainably managing the continent’s natural assets and fostering social capital. The event will highlight opportunities for achieving growth targets and development objectives, while maximizing natural resource use efficiency, reducing waste and pollution, and strengthening resilience of livelihoods.

Innocent KABENGA - Rwanda 20/05/2014 21:06
During the transition to Green Economy; human capacity building and institutional strengthening will be needed to make sure that African natural capital is sustainably tapped into and contribute to socio-economic development of African people. A lot of awareness creation and information dissemination will also be needed to make sure that people think Green and Act Green. Green programmes will also need to be introduced into primary as well as secondary schools and research institutions will have to generate required knowledge for the green economy to be mainstreamed in different economic sectors of African countries.
Robert Hanna - Botswana 20/05/2014 02:33
Investment in Green Energy & Renewable Energy can have wide benefits; Job Creation, Reduce Carbon Footprint and also "power development "
How can we create large scale investing opportunities to kick start this action ?

If you look at the money they get from fishing in African waters, it is more than the money they send to Africa through development aid. This is a case of the rich versus the poor. Therefore, as leaders, we must take action.

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

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