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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. Second, rapid technology dissemination. Over 7,000 extension agents across the country had been dedicated to achieving the national goal of rice self-sufficiency. As a result, the new...

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. Yacoub Mohamed Bamba, a language and literature student at Félix...

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. Thakkar is also the Chair of the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Presidential Youth Advisory Group (PYAG), a think tank inaugurated by AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina on November 27, 2017 to provide innovative solutions for Bank’s plan of creating 25 million jobs...

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? The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor is a flagship project of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), which was endorsed by African Heads of States in February 2012 at the 18th African Union summit in Addis Ababa. PIDA is an ambitious initiative which comprised 51 priority projects estimated at nearly US $68 billion to be completed by 2040. The programme is being implemented jointly by the AU, the African Development Bank (...

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” I spent two years at the International University of Grand Bassam (UIGB) prior to flying to Central Arkansas University, where I have just graduated in finance. I got a good background here in UIGB that enabled me to be among...

« 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. “These issues are critical to African Union...

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. Question:During the meeting on a new paradigm in health financing, we noted in your intervention that research has to be context-driven to expect positive outcomes. Can you tell us a little more about the outlook for Africa in this regard? Abdalla Hamdok: On context-...

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 development.     Question: What would you say is the outlook for Africa's development and what is your view on the ongoing debates related to fast-...

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? Chiji Ojukwu: The strategic...

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. C’était le 15 juin 2014 à Dakar, au Sénégal au cours d’une rencontre organisée dans le cadre du sommet sur le financement des infrastructures en Afrique. Pour étayer ses propos, Tas a cité quelques exemples de cas de réussites dans le cadre...