05/11/2015 - Widespread poverty in Africa has been at the top of the agenda at the African Economic Conference (AEC) in Kinshasa. According to Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, this is a scourge that “the continent must not simply manage, but eradicate.” Yet what is the best way to address this problem, and with what resources? Expectations are high. In an interview before the opening of the AEC, Issa Faye, Manager of the AfDB’s Research Division, gives us an insight into the Bank’s approach to this issue.
19/06/2015 - Four students from the International University of Grand Bassam (UIGB), located some 30 kilometres to the south of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, explain how the programme prepared them for studies abroad.
02/06/2015 - Un des grands sujets en débat lors des Assemblées annuelles de la BAD, à Abidjan, du 25 au 29 mai 2015, c’est la question brûlante de financement des grands projets typiques en infrastructure ou dans l’industrie lourde. Pour Kodeidja Diallo, dans notre continent, toutes les institutions de développement et les économistes des Banques d’affaires sont unanimes sur l’énorme déficit en infrastructure pour atteindre les objectifs du millenium. Quelle adéquation entre financement de projets et opportunités ? Comment atteindre l’émergence promise par les gouvernements africains ? Lire son analyse.
29/05/2015 - The AfDB Group has set up Africa50 to fill the large hole that exists in investments in the infrastructure sector in Africa. Some people are concerned that Africa50 competes with the AfDB, but for those who understand the twists and turns of development funding, this initiative can only help to address the issue of the infrastructure deficit on the continent. Alassane Ba, Acting CEO of Africa50, is delighted with the strong commitment from countries and underlined the need for Africa50 to establish its credibility and comprehensively launch its activities.
29/05/2015 - The African financial sector is desperately in need of a shot in the arm as it continues to grapple with the legacy of banking systems and financial markets. Development of this sector can play a key role in providing a much-needed engine of domestic growth. Discussions during the African Development Bank’s 2015 Annual Meeting, from May 25-29 in Abidjan also focus on SMEs contributions to growth, especially on increasing private sector involvement in creating wealth. AfDB’s Financial Sector Development Director, Stefan Nalletamby, has analyzed constraints and opportunities for the financing of SMEs in Africa. Excerpts.
22/05/2015 - How can the African Development Bank (AfDB) best promote agriculture sector and agriculture infrastructure projects in Africa? What kind of policies and financing tools can incentivize investments in this sector? What roles do the public and private sectors and alternative resource mobilization; play in ensuring Africa’s future and sustainable growth? Ahead of the institution’s Annual Meetings in Abidjan, from May 25-29, the Director of the Bank’s Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, Chiji Ojukwu, examines the challenges and proposes viable solutions Excerpts
23/03/2015 - Named African Development Bank Resident Representative for Egypt in January 2014, Leïla Mokaddem heads the Bank’s country office in Cairo. In this role, she oversees the ensemble of Bank activities in Egypt, one of the founding members of the institution.
18/03/2015 - Democracy, women’s empowerment principles, innovations in science and technology, good governance, infrastructure development, agriculture and employment promotion – have been the catalyst behind Mozambique’s economic growth. The seeds that will propel the country into middle-income status by 2025 are being sown.
05/03/2015 - As the world marks International Women’s Day on March 8,2015, the issue of mainstreaming gender within the African Development Bank’s operations is in sharp focus. Simon Mizrahi, Director of the Quality Assurance and Results Department, emphasised that the Bank is keen to include gender mainstreaming in all its affairs as stipulated in the Gender Strategy.