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02/11/2017 - Why, in your view, should African countries join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)?

The coasts of Africa are amongst the most bountiful in the world in terms of fisheries resources. The fisheries sector is vital for many coastal countries in Africa. It employs millions of people directly and indirectly all through the fisheries value chain, from fishers to fishmongers, fish processors, and fish exporters.


16/10/2017 - Jennifer Blanke is the Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank (AfDB). On the occasion of World Food Day, October 16, she spoke on how to make agriculture the game changer to check migration, create wealth and employment.

Categories: Agriculture & Agro-industries, Youth, The High 5s


05/10/2017 - Economiste expert en marchés financiers africains et coordinateur de l’Initiative des marchés financiers africains de la BAD, Cédric Mbeng Mezui est l’auteur d’un ouvrage intitulé Financer l’Afrique : Densifier les systèmes financiers locaux, paru en avril 2017 aux Éditions Saint-Honoré à Paris et préfacé par Léonce Ndikumana, professeur d’économie à l’université du Massachusetts aux États-Unis.

Dans cet entretien, Cédric Mbeng Mezui esquisse les meilleures pistes pour mobiliser efficacement les financements internes africains, le sujet de son ouvrage présenté le 22 septembre 2017 à Abidjan.

Categories: African Financial Markets Initiative (AFMI), Human Capital Development


31/08/2017 - Jennifer Blanke is the Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank (AfDB).

In this interview, she speaks on the seventh African Green Revolution Forum, taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 4-8 September 2017; how to mitigate the impact of climate change on agriculture; the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy, and other key issues.

Categories: Agriculture & Agro-industries, Human Capital Development


25/05/2017 - In this interview, Rebello, who was particularly pleased that Akinwumi Adesina, President of the AfDB, visited her booth, speaks about her company’s experience and the future of agriculture in Africa. Excerpts.

Categories: India, Agriculture & Agro-industries


24/05/2017 - The African Natural Resources Center of the African Development Bank (AfDB) recently secured US $200,000 from the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) fund to support Tanzania’s gas sector. The Center’s gas expert, Charles Nyirahuku, provides an insight into the expected key deliverables from the facility.

Categories: Tanzania, Egypt, Mozambique, Energy & Power


09/12/2016 - As Head of Investigations, do you have to investigate acts of corruption reported on African Development Bank-funded projects or within the AfDB?

I am indeed head of the division responsible for conducting enquiries, as part of the AfDB Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department. Our division is free to investigate suspected or potential cases of practices liable to sanctions in projects funded by the Bank. There are five types of sanctionable practices in the Bank: fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion and obstruction


02/09/2016 - 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.

Categories: Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Integration, Partnerships


25/08/2016 - Why is NEPAD-IPPF a critical instrument to bridge Africa’s infrastructure financing gap? NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility, NEPAD-IPPF, was established in response to a call of the G8 countries in Kananaskis, Canada, to address one of the weaknesses of infrastructure development in Africa: the lack of investment-ready, viable projects. NEPAD-IPPF is a multi-donor Special Fund hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), which supports African countries, to prepare regional infrastructure projects in energy, transport, ICT and transboundary water to make them bankable for investment.

Categories: Infrastructure, Partnerships, NEPAD, Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)


24/08/2016 - Where did the idea of Fashionomics originate? The initiative originated from the interest Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Special Envoy on Gender, expressed in the topic. She saw the potential for this project to develop jobs for young people in Africa, particularly for young women, who make up the majority of the labour force in the fashion and textile industries.