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Mainstreaming gender in African policymaking: Ensuring no voice is unheard

24-Nov-2019 - Despite remarkable progress made on women’s participation in policymaking, Africa is still far from achieving the 50 percent gender parity target set by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Gender equality: It’s time for disruption, time to shatter the status quo. We can’t afford to wait!

22-Nov-2019 - If you are a gender champion, then you are familiar with the discussions around the glass cliff.  The story of women eager to defy the odds, accepting leadership roles at times of crisis, when the chance of failure is the highest. The truth is that many bold glass cliff climbers have succeeded without falling off. Two of such champions come to my mind: the former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcah and Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Aliethiea IDF.

Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, participera au Sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’État de la Cemac à Yaoundé

20-Nov-2019 - Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, participera au Sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’État de la Communauté économique et monétaire de l’Afrique centrale (Cemac) du 21 au 22 novembre à Yaoundé, au Cameroun. L’ordre du jour du Sommet a fixé une évaluation du programme régional de réforme économique et financière de la Cemac et de la situation des économies des pays de la zone dans la perspective de leur relance et de leur diversification.

Gazelles among the elephants and lions - MSMEs carve out space to grow

19-Nov-2019 - Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are the heartbeat of Africa’s economies. They represent 95% of all firms and generate more than 80% of new jobs on the continent each year. Africa’s labour force is expected to grow by 1 billion between 2016 and 2063. To keep those people working, almost 1.7 million jobs need to be created each month across the continent. MSMEs will play a crucial role in creating decent jobs and reducing inequality and poverty.

Promouvoir une culture de la transparence pour une gouvernance renforcée de la commande publique

16-Nov-2019 - La Banque africaine de développement est la première institution multilatérale de développement en Afrique. A ce titre, elle a fait du financement du développement sur le continent, son cœur de métier. Le « métier du développement » pour ainsi dire, requiert dans le contexte qui est le nôtre, plus que des vœux pieux, des aptitudes et des compétences, de la rigueur et de l’abnégation.

Africa Investment Forum 2019 : le programme « Desert to Power », initié par la Banque africaine de développement, au centre des discussions d’un panel d’experts

13-Nov-2019 - Le programme « Desert to Power », initié par la Banque africaine de développement pour fournir de l’électricité à 250 millions de personnes dans la région du Sahel, a fait l’objet d’une session spécifique mardi à l’Africa Investment Forum 2019, organisé à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud.

African has grasped the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to African Development Bank report, but its role globally could be even bigger

13-Nov-2019 - A report compiled by the African Development Bank reveals a continent that is embracing the brave new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution but needs to improve access to finance, skills and inclusive growth.  The report, titled “Potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa”, was launched on Monday at the Africa Investment Forum, the continent’s premier investment marketplace, organized by the African Development Bank and its partners.

Mozambique features strongly at 2019 Africa Investment Forum with $24.6 billion project, the largest deal

13-Nov-2019 - Mozambique’s state oil and fuel company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), tabled a $24.6 billion transformative project for Mozambique’s economy, the largest deal to feature at the 2019 Africa Investment Forum. The project includes the development of the Golfinho and Atum fields and the nation’s first onshore liquefied natural gas plant. Mozambique’s Prime Minister Agostinho do Rosário made the announcement at a media briefing session during the Forum, the continent’s premier investment marketplace, organized by the African...

Toilets in schools matter – how African Development Bank is making a difference

13-Nov-2019 - At 14, Mercy Kamanga dropped out of school at Standard eight in St Paul’s Primary School in Mzimba, Malawi, due to a lack of suitable sanitation facilities. “The toilets at our school were very few, small, dilapidated and didn’t have doors; only a piece of cloth covered the entrance. Our male colleagues often rushed to nearby bushes to help themselves. It was not easy for us the girls,” recalled Mercy.

Raising capital to finance development – the Bank as innovator and catalyst

13-Nov-2019 - In many ways, Africa needs trade and investment even more than it needs development aid. This is reflected by the African Development Bank’s commitment to explore all the possible options of mobilising domestic resources.

African Development Bank Group becomes a shareholder in Africa Finance Corporation

13-Nov-2019 - L'Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), un prestataire de solutions d'infrastructures de premier plan en Afrique, a annoncé, hier, que la Banque africaine de développement avait investi 50 millions de dollars américains pour entrer à son capital. Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading infrastructure solutions provider in Africa, today announces that the African Development Bank Group, Africa’s highest investment-grade rated (AAA with stable outlook) multinational finance institution, has invested $50 million in the equity of AFC.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: "Build mutual trust to attract capital to Africa," says investors' panel

13-Nov-2019 - African, European and American investors and the President of the African Development Bank held a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Africa Investment Forum 2019 to collectively reflect on the theme: "Destination Africa: Leveraging Institutional Investors". Panellists included Adam Boehler, Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation; Rob Hersov, founder of the Invest Africa platform; Uche Orji, CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority; and Sola David Borha, CEO of Africa Regions,...

Africa Investment Forum 2019: MOU brings good news for Africa’s rail networks

13-Nov-2019 - The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Thelo DB on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg. The agreement will give both parties an opportunity to develop, finance and operate railway projects across Africa. Thelo and Afreximbank have agreed to collaborate to modernise the continent’s railways, thereby promoting trade, investment, and economic and skills development. Both see the urgent need for efficient and effective transportation and logistics on the continent, particularly in...

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Unveiling the Boardroom: $67.6 billion dollars of deals tabled, $40.1 billion investor interest secured

13-Nov-2019 - It was deals that brought participants to the 2019 Africa Investment Forum and they were not disappointed. The second Forum ended on a high note Wednesday, with 56 boardroom deals valued at $67.6 billion tabled - a 44% increase from last year. Fifty-two deals worth $40.1 billion secured investor interest compared with $37.8 billion dollars last year. During the 2018 edition of the Forum, 61 transactions valued at $46.9 billion were tabled for discussions in boardroom sessions and 49 deals worth $38.7 billion, secured investment interest.

The Africa Investment Forum: an accelerator for Africa’s agricultural transformation

12-Nov-2019 - This week, business leaders, project developers, development finance professionals, institutional investors representing pension and sovereign wealth funds, as well as policymakers meet in Johannesburg for the second Africa Investment Forum convened by the African Development Bank.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Billion dollar boost for African female entrepreneurs

12-Nov-2019 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced a $1.1 billion lending programme to help women entrepreneurs on the continent. EIB Vice President, Ambroise Fayolle, also revealed that the bank has signed three further agreements to boost sustainable development on the continent. But the major deal is what the EIB has dubbed SheInvest. The EIB expects the gender-lending initiative to allow women to play a more active role in economies.

2019 Africa Investment Forum: Achieving an African economy four times bigger with only a 50% increase in energy demand

12-Nov-2019 - Africa has the potential to expand the continental economy fourfold, with energy demands expanding by only 50 percent, according to a new report. The International Energy Agency (IEA) unveiled its report on the first day of the second African Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa.

African Development Bank, Credit Suisse, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Ghana Cocoa Board ink $600 million loan agreement to boost cocoa production

12-Nov-2019 - Agreement is a turning point for scaling up the cocoa value chain – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana Ghana is bankable, cocoa is bankable and of course Africa is bankable - Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank The African Development Bank, Credit Suisse AG, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited and Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) signed a $600 million syndicated receivables-backed term loan on Tuesday, to boost cocoa productivity in Ghana - the world’s second-largest cocoa producer.

Africa Investment Forum: Family businesses - an underestimated economic driving force

12-Nov-2019 - Family businesses are rarely viewed as a sector which could influence economic growth, but the Africa Investment Forum is recognising them as important players on the continent. For the first time at a conference of this nature, families running business empires have been given a platform to share their views on how Africa’s unexplored wealth can benefit all who live here.

AIF 2019 : « forger un récit proprement africain sur l’Afrique pour changer le regard des investisseurs sur le continent », selon un panel d’économistes

12-Nov-2019 - En marge de la 2ème édition de l’Africa Investment Forum (AIF) qui se tient du 11 au 13 novembre à Johannesburg, des économistes ont invité les Africains à se réapproprier le récit de leur propre histoire s’ils veulent améliorer le regard des investisseurs sur leur continent.