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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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

‘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).

African Development Bank and Three Regional Development Banks Launch Joint Report on Livable Cities

19-Oct-2019 - Rapid urbanization has provided most cities in the world with opportunities to provide more sustainable, vibrant, and prosperous centers for their citizens. But they must first address challenges such as inadequate infrastructure investments, pollution and congestion, and poor urban planning, according to a new report released today. 

Prepare for the agriculture of tomorrow, African Development Bank President challenges high school students at global symposium

17-Oct-2019 - Young people from around the world gathered in Des Moines Iowa at the Global Youth Institute on Thursday to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates. This year, 450 exceptional high school students from 10 countries attended the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation to facilitate discussion on pressing food security and agricultural issues.

2019 Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia

11-Oct-2019 - 'I am delighted and proud that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He deserves it for his boldness and resolve to break with the past and build bridges that foster lasting peace. His remarkable leadership will help to bring security and prosperity to the entire Horn of Africa. The African Development Bank congratulates Prime Minister Ahmed and will wholeheartedly support initiatives to help the region achieve its objectives.”

Financial institutions’ chief information officers meet at knowledge sharing convention

09-Oct-2019 - The African Development Bank organized a knowledge sharing event of chief information officers (CIOs) from international financial institutions (IFIs) in Cape Town, 23-26 September.