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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.

2019 Africa Investment Forum kicks off delivering on the promise to redefine and unpack the continent’s investment opportunities

11-Nov-2019 - The 2019 Africa Investment Forum opened on Monday living up to its promise to move from commitment to action. A $500 million equity deal presented by the Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund last year, to speed up investments in agriculture, and a $175 million equity transaction from the Africa Guarantee Fund for investors to support Small and Medium Size Enterprises, are among the transactions that found financial close over the past year.

African Development Bank to launch 2019 Electricity Regulatory Index and first Tariff Report at Africa Investment Forum

11-Nov-2019 - What: Launch of 2019 Electricity Regulatory Index and first Tariff Report When: Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:00 am – 10:30 am Where: Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa  (Session Room 1) Who: Wale Shonibare, Acting Vice President, Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth Complex, African Development Bank ; Richard Nelson, Deputy Coordinator, Power Africa ; Professor Perez-Arriaga Jose Ignacio, Florence School of Regulation.

Africa Investment Forum: “Short on talk, heavy on deals”, African Development Bank, South African government and partners affirm

10-Nov-2019 - The Africa Investment Forum will be short on talk and heavy on deals, the South African Government, the African Development Bank and key partners affirmed at a press conference ahead of the 2019 edition of the event. Organized by the African Development Bank and its partners, the second edition of the Forum, will take place from place from 11 to13 November 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The multi-stakeholder transactional marketplace is aimed at raising capital, advancing projects to bankable stage and accelerating financial closure of...

“News with a human face” in focus at African Development Bank and Thomson Reuters Foundation workshop for African journalists

10-Nov-2019 - “The training opened my eyes to see Africa as it is, and not as it is portrayed in the media,” said Thando Magudulela, a journalist with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, at the opening of the second edition of a reporting workshop hosted by the African Development Bank in South Africa. Following the successful first edition in Abidjan last June, the African Development Bank and the Thomson Reuters Foundation organised the next phase of its collaboration from 6-8 November 2019,  in Pretoria.

Why the Africa Investment Forum matters for the continent’s energy transformation: - Wale Shonibare, Acting Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate Change & Green Growth, African Development Bank

09-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank’s New Deal on Energy for Africa underlines the urgency to power the continent in order to end energy poverty, catalyze industrialization, and stimulate socio-economic growth. The strategy is grounded in the recognition that access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy is central to Africa’s development, and lifting populations out of poverty. 

Free-to-air Broadcast live television feeds from the 2019 Africa Investment Forum, South Africa 11-13 Nov, 2019

09-Nov-2019 - Who: The African Development Bank in collaboration with Gauteng Province and the South African Government What: Africa Investment Forum Where: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa When: 11-13 November, 2019

Agribusiness: Africa’s New Investment Frontier

05-Nov-2019 - In the past decade, a stroll along the aisles of any African supermarket is revealing: there is a new wave of home-brewed brands that are fast becoming household names. Products like Dangote rice from Nigeria, Akabanga pepper oil from Rwanda and Tomoca coffee from Ethiopia attest to the gradual but persistent evolution towards greater agro-processing and value addition in the domestic agriculture sector.

Zimbabwe: African Development Bank and World Food Programme seek closer collaboration to improve livelihoods

04-Nov-2019 - African Development Bank and World Food Programme (WFP) teams in Zimbabwe held a two-day workshop on 28 and 29 October 2019 to explore ways of consolidating efforts in aid of the country’s socio-economic development.

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina Receives Honorary Doctorate from Bowen University

04-Nov-2019 - The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has been awarded an Honoris Causa from Bowen University in Nigeria. The award, which was presented at the 14th graduation ceremony of the University held on November 2, 2019, was in recognition of Adesina’s “immense contribution to promoting entrepreneurship on the African continent.” For almost a decade, African youth have continued to benefit from Adesina’s passion for innovation in agriculture as well as other market drivers.

‘Today is a day of joy for Africa’ - African Development Bank celebrates historic capital increase

01-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank on Thursday celebrated a historic $115 billion increase from its shareholders, the largest in the bank's 55-year history. Applause rang through the stately auditorium of the Sofitel Abidjan, Hotel Ivoire, around 5.30 in the evening after the decision was announced.

Tchad: La Banque africaine de développement œuvre en faveur de l’éducation des filles

30-Oct-2019 - La Banque africaine de développement et le gouvernement du Tchad ont célébré, vendredi 25 octobre à N’Djamena, la restitution des travaux de rénovation du lycée féminin bilingue d’Amriguébé.

Nigeria country office of the African Development Bank launches jobs report

30-Oct-2019 - The Nigeria country office of the African Development Bank on 28 October 2019 launched the Bank’s ‘Creating Decent Jobs: Strategies, policies and instruments’ report in Nigeria. The report, first launched last month in Abidjan, cites growth in the African labour force as the fastest globally. However, successive years of robust macroeconomic policies, which have aided the remarkable economic growth rates for nearly two decades, have not created the jobs required to absorb the increasingly growing labour market entrants or led to sufficient...

Plaidoyer pour une intégration économique de l’Afrique

29-Oct-2019 - NOUS vivons dans cette ère de la complexité où les évidences elles-mêmes, ont besoin de démonstration pour être acceptées. Certains points de vue, portés par des préjugés tenaces et une vision monolithique, ont cette fâcheuse tendance à présenter l’Afrique comme un même pays, ayant une même culture. Au-delà de la vision simplificatrice et idyllique, nous voudrions ne retenir de ces points de vue, que le rêve qu’ils permettent de nourrir : celui de voir tous les pays du continent parfaitement intégrés dans une seule et même entité mais riche de...

Investing in Portuguese-Speaking Africa: The Moment is Now

24-Oct-2019 - Economic reforms, a burgeoning middle class and regional diversity against the background of the new African Continental Free Trade Area - are making Africa’s Portuguese-speaking countries a hotspot for investor interest. Additionally, new tools – such as the Development Finance Compact for Lusophone Africa – give investors and lenders more comfort to enter into these markets.

How the Africa Investment Forum is transforming the continent’s approach to infrastructure projects

23-Oct-2019 - Streaming across the new bridge linking the Gambia and Senegal earlier this year, cars, trucks and pedestrians celebrated a new era of integration between the two West African countries.  For the first time in over half a century, traders and everyday commuters could travel from one half of the Gambia to the other in a matter of hours, instead of an entire day, or even longer.

Mali : la Banque africaine de développement consulte la société civile sur le Document de stratégie pays

22-Oct-2019 - Le Bureau national du Mali de la Banque africaine de développement, avec l’appui de sa Division société civile et engagement communautaire (AHGC2), a organisé sa première consultation de la société civile, le jeudi 17 octobre 2019. Tenue dans le cadre de l’exercice d’élaboration du Document de stratégie pays (DSP) du Mali pour la période 2020-2024, la rencontre, s’est déroulée au siège du Conseil national de la société civile du Mali (CNSC).