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“In 50 years’ time, I want to see a developed Africa with justice and freedom,” says AfDB Executive Director Shehu Yahaya

24-Feb-2014 - In this interview, African Development Bank (AfDB) Executive Director Shehu Yahaya used the opportunity of the Board of Directors retreat in Tunis (20-21 february 2014), to dwell on the private sector as a strategic tool for Africa’s development. He says the AfDB needs to invest more there with a view to generating more jobs for youth.  In 2064, Yahaya would like the continent to have world-class rail, water and road infrastructure built and maintained by Africa itself. Read his interview. Question: It is one...

Dangote to African governments: level the playing field

21-Feb-2014 - Aliko Dangote, President and CEO of the Nigerian Dangote Group, says investments in infrastructure, education, health and agriculture are critical to solving Africa’s development challenges.  He also emphasized that African governments need to set the right policies. As a leading investor in Africa’s private sector, Dangote reiterated his conviction that Africans have to take the lead in the continent’s emergence, and the need for the “understanding and support of the African Development Bank to move Africa to...

Interview - "The Gender Strategy represents a major milestone for the Bank" - Special Envoy on Gender

24-Jan-2014 - African Development Bank’s Special Envoy on Gender, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, shares perspectives on the institution's Gender Strategy 2014-2018 approved by the Board of Directors in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 January, 2014. Question: What is the strategic vision of the Gender Strategy 2014-2018, just approved by the Board? Answer: The Gender Strategy represents a major milestone for the Bank as it puts in place one of the critical foundations for realizing the ‘Africa at 50’ and ‘post-2015’ development agendas. It...

Interview with Patrick Agboma, on phase one of Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program

06-Nov-2013 - What is Agriculture Value Chain “Agricultural value chain entails all the activities from the field to the fork, and encompasses the steps from primary production, processing, storage, transportation, and marketing/export to consumption of commodities.” Question - As the team leader for this program, what were the challenges your team faced and how did you tackle them? Answer: The concept of value chain is variously interpreted. Some relate it to the processes or activities by which a company adds value to an...

AEC 2013 - Interview with Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, Director, Statistics Department, AfDB

31-Oct-2013 - Africa’s transformational agenda will also build on progress made in terms of statistics. How would you assess statistics within the context of the continent’s regional integration? The African integration agenda addresses three main areas, namely political integration, economic integration, as well as social and cultural integration. For it to fully succeed, it requires not only quality statistical information, but also harmonized and comparable data across time and space. The Bank, working together with the...

AEC 2013 - Interview with Moono Mupotola, Division Manager, Regional Integration and Trade at AfDB

30-Oct-2013 - There is a lot to tell about the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) role in Africa’s regional integration. Moono Mupotola, who, for the past four years, has pulled out all stops to deliver on the Bank’s vision in this area, says: “There is a wealth of ideas on how to integrate and boost intra-African trade and there is no need to re-invent the wheel.” You have led the Bank’s regional integration and trade division activities for the past few years. Can you take stock of the institution’s accomplishments in this...

AEC 2013 - Interview with Reda El Merini, Director of Economic Affairs, General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union

29-Oct-2013 - Reda El Merini participated in a think-tank networking session at the African Economic Conference in Johannesburg on Sunday, October 27 and shared his perspectives on what he believes Africa’s regional integration should entail. His thoughts are worth discussing. Mr. Merini, during the think-tank networking session, you made a strong point on regional integration “as a means for Africa’s development.” Can you be more specific? Regional integration starts with trade between the countries belonging to the Regional...

AEC 2013 - Interview with Janvier Litse, Director, NEPAD Regional Integration and Trade, AfDB

29-Oct-2013 - Janvier Litse is a veteran of the African Development Bank, having climbed through the ranks and having served in various senior management operational positions, including Acting Vice-President. As the new Director of NEPAD Regional Integration and Trade, he kindly accepted to share perspectives on how best our institution, in synergy with stakeholders – policymakers, researchers, think tanks as well as civil society organizations – would contribute to meeting Africa’s regional integration goals. Read his...

AEC 2013 - Interview with Stephen Karangizi, Director and CEO of the African Legal Support Facility

29-Oct-2013 - Stephen Karangizi’s passion and commitment in ensuring continental integration is unquestionable, having contributed to this cause as a lawyer within COMESA’s activities for 15 years prior to joining the AfDB-backed African Legal Support Facility. Interestingly, he has shared perspectives on how African countries should work differently to meet the Bank’s new Regional Integration Strategy. He says a regulatory environment is an important aspect for business environment. What is also needed for our continent’s...

AEC 2013 - Interview with Alex Rugamba, AfDB Director, Energy, Environment and Climate Change

28-Oct-2013 - Alex Rugamba led the African Development Bank’s NEPAD and Regional Integration Department (ONRI) for three years, prior to holding his current position as Director of the AfDB’s Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, was at the forefront of the institution’s Regional Integration Strategy (RIS). Following a think tanks networking session on the eve of the 2013 African Economic Conference in Johannesburg, Rugamba touched on a number of topics including the Bank’s success stories and the role played...

Projet de la BAD en Côte d’Ivoire primé par le Trésor américain : entretien avec Paul Dougna sur cette action exemplaire

24-Jul-2013 - Au sortir des troubles qu’a traversés la Côte d’Ivoire à l’orée des années 2000, la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) s’est engagée avec force sur le terrain. Objectif : soutenir les efforts de reconstruction du pays, et sa population, éprouvée par des années de conflit, en mettant l’accent sur la prise en charge et la prévention des violences faites aux femmes. De fait, le constat était accablant : exacerbées par la guerre, les violences basées sur le genre s’étaient multipliées, jusqu’à concerner 67 %...

Asaph Nuwagira on the impact of the AfDB’s award-winning community agriculture programme

24-Jul-2013 - On Thursday, July 25, the Community Agricultural Infrastructure Improvement Programme in Uganda was one of two African Development Bank projects to receive awards from the US Treasury Department in Washington, DC. The Development Impact Honors award, recognizing excellence in project design and implementation, was given to the community-driven project that saw the rehabilitation of roads, building of markets and introduction of agro-processing equipment. Asaph Nuwagira is the AfDB’s Agricultural and Rural...