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Africa Investment Forum: CEOs changing the investment narrative in Africa

09-Oct-2019 - “The Africa Investment Forum, with its high-level, well-focused audience, ranks among the best.  Its strength is that it is very transaction-oriented. The Forum not only brings together investors and stakeholders to initiate deals, but can help close transactions that would otherwise take months or years,” says Ebobissé.

Climate Action Summit: Three questions to Dr Anthony Nyong, director climate change and green growth department

07-Oct-2019 - Leaders from all over the world met in New York recently to discuss efforts to tackle climate change. The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, attended the Climate Action Summit and pledged to double funding commitments to $25 billion from 2020 to 2025 to help African countries address the challenges of climate change. Most of this funding will go towards adaptation. Dr Anthony Nyong, Director of the Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Department, answers three...

Three Questions to Wale Shonibare, Acting VP, Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth

12-Sep-2019 - What is the Desert to Power Initiative? Desert to Power is an ambitious and innovative partnership-driven initiative of the African Development Bank to transform the Sahel and Sahara region through the deployment of solar technologies, at scale, in eleven countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan.

Interview - Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA)

14-Jun-2019 - Korea imported 900,000 tons of rice every year in the 1970s and became self-sufficient in five years. What made this happen? First, it was thanks to technology development. Korean scientists concentrated their efforts on developing new varieties of rice and succeeded in making their own high-yielding varieties.

Switzerland Governor Raymond Furrer on the two bilateral agreements signed during the Bank’s Annual Meetings in Malabo

13-Jun-2019 - Q 1. Switzerland just signed  two bilateral agreements for grants with the African Development Bank. Can you tell us about them? Indeed, we signed a CHF 3,000,000 grant to support the Boost Africa/E-lab initiative.  Boost Africa is a joint initiative between the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB), and one of the flagship initiatives of the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy. It aims to harness the continent’s potential and create opportunities on the ground.

These young Africans dream of becoming the next Mandela, Nasser, Adesina, Wangari Maathai or Houphouët-Boigny

12-Jan-2018 - Invited to the headquarters of the African Development Bank to try their hand at leadership in a game setting, several dozen young people took part in the new board game Made in Africa, created by Olubanke King Akerele, diplomat and former minister of Liberia. It was an opportunity for the young participants to share their vision for the leadership and future of Africa, and to express their opinions on the place of young people in Africa.

Africa needs to create right skills, provide funding for its young entrepreneurs, says Ashish Thakkar

27-Nov-2017 - Ashish Thakkar is the Founder and Chairman of Mara Group, an investment firm with a presence across 25 African countries. He founded the Mara Foundation in 2009 to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship and venture philanthropy.

The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor: a PIDA flagship programme and catalyst for economic growth in West Africa

02-Sep-2016 - What is the current status of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor?

Testimonies of students at International University of Grand-Bassam

19-Jun-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. Kingbewe Windi: “International University of Grand-Bassam is really a pole of excellence”

« Il faut mettre un accent prononcé sur les partenariats et harmoniser les opportunités et le financement,» Kodeidja Diallo, directrice du département du développement du secteur privé de la BAD

02-Jun-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...

AEC Voices: African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

07-Nov-2014 - “We want a continent of good governance, democracy, respect of human rights, gender equality, justice and the rule of law” – Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th African Economic Conference in Addis Ababa “Skills, technology, knowledge and innovation are critical to all areas of African transformation: from the modernization of agriculture, to having resilient and effective public health systems in order to fight disease, as we see with Ebola.

A new paradigm in health financing and the importance of national funding underscored by Hamdok

16-Oct-2014 - On the occasion of the 9th African Development Forum (ADF) in Marrakech, Morocco, the African Development Bank spoke with Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, on the way forward for development.

Goal of 9th ADF is to accelerate the continent’s development, improve the lives of Africans

15-Oct-2014 - On the occasion of the 9th African Development Forum in Marrakech, Morocco, the African Development Bank spoke with Christian Diguimbaye, Coordinator, Steering Committee of the Joint Secretariat of the tripartite partnership of the African Union Commission, UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank, about the Forum and his views on Africa’s deve

Agriculture: The key to Africa’s development

30-Sep-2014 - On the occasion of the African Development Bank’s commemoration of the Africa Year of Agriculture and Food Security, on Monday, September 29, 2014 in Abidjan, Chiji Ojukwu, Director of the AfDB’s Agriculture and Agro Industry Department, reflects on the importance of agriculture in Africa. What are the main food crops and cash crops that can help the continent address its food security and reduce poverty? What are the Bank’s future concrete actions to sustain these on the ground?

Financement des infrastructures en Afrique « une bonne préparation garantie le succès des projets »

17-Jun-2014 - « Quand les projets sont bien préparés, ils n’échouent pas. La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a une grande expérience dans le domaine », a déclaré Neside Tas Anvaripour, directrice d’« Afrique 50 », le nouvel instrument de financement des infrastructures de la BAD.

New economic reconstruction plan is needed to overcome fragility in CAR: Minister

02-Jun-2014 - Florence Limbio, Minister of the Economy, Planning, Cooperation and Development for the Central African Republic, called for the development of a new plan, under which her country and its multilateral partners – including the African Development Bank (AfDB) – focus on key priorities and add fresh impetus to CAR's economic reconstruction programme.

Interview with Anna Bossman, Director of IACD, on Settlement Agreements

28-May-2014 - On March 21, 2014, the African Development Bank’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD)announced the conclusion of settlement agreements with three multinationals following the companies’ admission of corrupt practices in a Bank-financed project. As part of the settlement agreements, IACD imposed financial penalties totaling US $17 million.

Capacity building is critical to Africa's emergence and industrialisation: Emmanuel Nnadozie

27-May-2014 - In recent years Africa has been making great strides in policy development and at present looks very prepared to move from principle into practice on this. Some leaders say now is the time to boost Africa's industrialisation efforts and that capacity building, which is critical to the continent's emergence, will play an essential role in this.

AfDB, Microsoft join forces to create jobs for young Africans through ICT

23-May-2014 - Microsoft has proposed a series of measures to African governments to promote the use of information and communications technology (ICT) among unemployed youth.

For a prosperous Africa in the next half a century, its growth story must go along with peace: Kabagambe

22-May-2014 - Given its remarkable growth in the past decades, Africa has been hailed as the next frontier for opportunity and a potential global growth pole. Political conflicts have declined, economic growth is robust and economic management, governance and political stability have improved.