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Ministers of the Public Service meet

20-Dec-2005 - The African Development Bank has just participated in the 5th Pan-African Conference of Ministers held under the auspices of the African Union Commission and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).  The meeting was preceded by a 2-day technical experts meeting, attended by the Bank's Financial Governance Acting Manager, Gabriel Negatu.  The Ministers called on the Bank and other development partners to develop a coordinated strategy for supporting the African Union / NEPAD efforts in the area of governance.  The other development...

AfDB-AFD discuss on opportunities for cooperation

20-Dec-2005 - A delegation from the African Development Bank, led by A. Rakotobe, Head of the NEPAD Unit and Director of the Infrastructure Department, North, East and South regions, has just come back from Paris, where it held meetings with the French Development Agency (AFD). The two sides discussed opportunities for cooperation in supporting initiatives within the NEPAD framework. The meeting also focused on some concrete proposals and agreed on an action plan whose implementation will start as early as January 2006.

AfDB-Cote d’Ivoire: Validating Policy on Rice

20-Dec-2005 - A workshop has been taking place in Yamoussoukro to examine and validate a study of the country’s rice-growing policy. Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and attended by the African Development Bank's Resident Representative Sangbé Ngardinga, the meeting brought together some experts in the field, development partners, rice producers and some traditional chiefs. Participants identified and prioritized strategic actions to be taken at the institutional, legal, regulatory and financial levels in order to strengthen the sector.

Africa’s participation to the 4th World Water Forum, Mexico 2006

09-Dec-2005 - African Political Leaders Call for Strong Regional Commitment to Enhance Water Situation on the Continent Windhoek, Namibia, 9 December 2005- The Africa Regional Steering Committee of the 4th World Water Forum – co-chaired by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) – put final touches to Africa’s roadmap to Mexico in Windhoek on 8th and 9th December 2005, and called for a strong regional commitment to improve water supply on the continent.

AfDB Launches African Statistical Journal

24-Nov-2005 - Tunis, 24 November 2005 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched an African Statistical Journal devoted to promoting understanding of statistics in development in Africa. Africa Statistical Journal (ASJ), a bi-annual bilingual (English-French) publication launched in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday, will also serve as a convenient statistical reference at home, in schools and in professional work.

President Kaberuka Meets Heads of States

20-Nov-2005 - The ADB President had intensive consultations with African Heads of States on the fringes of the World Summit on Information Society, held in Tunis from 16-18 November 2005.

Workshop on the Paris Declaration

19-Nov-2005 - Donors and Developing Countries Find Common Ground Entebbe, Uganda 19 November 2005– Development institutions and their partner countries must continue to harmonize their policies and actions to accelerate economic growth and move toward the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

Workshop on the Paris Declaration Opens in Uganda

16-Nov-2005 - Entebbe, Uganda 16, November 2005 – A two-day workshop on how to improve the effectiveness of development assistance organized by the African Development Bank, the World Bank, UNDP and in collaboration with the OECD-DAC opened at Entebbe, Uganda, on Wednesday, to discuss implementation of the Paris commitments and policy harmonization by development institutions and their partner countries to enhance development.

AfDB Private Sector Window Starts Operations in Madagascar

23-Oct-2005 - A week long promotion mission of the ADB Private Sector Window (OPSD) to Madagascar wound up Friday in Antananarivo, with a press conference which focused on private sector development in the country, as well as prospective areas for future Private Sector Window involvement. The conference also permitted Mr. Naji Safir, the ResRep for Madagascar, to announce the imminent opening of the Country Office and address specific questions on public sector activities. OPSD's delegation met pm Wednesday with the Prime Minister and the Minister of...

Tanzania-AfDB: Country Portfolio Review

15-Oct-2005 - Project managers and staff from the African Development Bank Country Office in Tanzania, led by the ADB Resident Representative Sheku Sesay, have been meeting with Tanzania finance ministry officials this week in a review of the Bank-funded projects in the country. The meetings, chaired by the Commissioner of External Finance in the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Joyce Mapunjo, exchanged views on issues affecting the implementation of projects and discussed the Country Portfolio Improvement Plan (CPIP) for the country.

Gender on the Agenda in Dakar

14-Oct-2005 - African Ministers in charge of Women’s Affairs and Gender are meeting in Dakar to discuss implementation of the African Union declaration on the promotion of gender in Africa. The African Development Bank Group Resident Representative in Dakar Mohamed H’Midouche is attending the week-long meeting which is organized by the government of Senegal with support from the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa and the Bank.

Ethiopia-AfDB: A Harmonization Code of Conduct

12-Oct-2005 - The African Development Bank (ADB) Group and other donors in Ethiopia have signed a Harmonization Code of Conduct in the health sector with the Ethiopian Minister of Health. The signing came at the end of the 7th Annual Review meeting of the Health Sector Development Program in Nazareth, Ethiopia, from 3 – 7  October, 2005.

GABON-AfDB: Aid Harmonization

11-Oct-2005 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Regional Office in Libreville participated in the thematic work group on ‘Harmonization of Aid’ which took place in the Gabonese capital on Thursday 6 October 2005 within the framework of coordination of the activities of donors represented in Gabon. the ADB Group Resident Representent, Mamadou Lamine N’Dongo, and the Principal economist of the Office, Mrs. Assitan Diarra-Thioune, participated in the definition of practical modalities for monitoring progress indicators of the Paris declaration on...

Madagascar: AfDB Supports Land Ownership for the Poor

11-Oct-2005 - An African Development Bank (AfDB) Group mission has concluded a detailed review of three of its agricultural projects in Madagascar. These are: the Rural Young Entrepreneurs Project, the Lower Mangoky Project and the Locusts Project. Furthermore, the African Development Bank Group is supporting efforts to secure land tenure for very poor farmers in the Lower Mangoky project financed by the African Development Fund (ADF, the concessional  window of the ADB group) in southern Madagascar – 5,303 land title deeds secured for farmers including...

Course on Programming and Financial Policies

10-Oct-2005 - The Joint Africa Institute* (JAI) on Monday began a course on Programming and Financial Policies for the benefit of 34 officials from 25 central Banks of the AfDB Group Regional Member Countries.  The two-week course (3-14 October, 2005) jointly organized by the IMF, provides participants with an understanding of the key analytical concepts and frameworks needed to design and implement macroeconomic and structural policies in the context of financial programs. Emphasis is placed on the complementarities of macroeconomic and structural policies.

Nigeria Country Office receives IsDB Team

05-Oct-2005 - The African Development Bank Group Resident Representant in Nigeria, Mr. Zondo Sakala, on Wednesday in Abuja, received nine-man technical advance team from the Islamic Development Bank led by Mr. Abderrahman El Glaoui, the Acting Director of Country Operations Department. The team arrived in Nigeria ahead of a three-day official visit of the President of the IsDB, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali, beginning on Thursday following the country’s recent accession to membership of the Bank.

Mali Office: Off the Ground

04-Oct-2005 - The African Development Bank (ADB) Group Resident Representant in Mali, Mr. Jean-Pierre Rigoulot, presented his letters of credence on Tuesday in Bamako to the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Moctar Ouane. Mr. Rigoulot who was accompanied by Mr. Bâ Mamadou Samba, Coordinator of operations in the Bureau, quoted the Malian minister as saying he would assist the mission accomplish its task "under the best possible conditions".

AfDB/World Bank Partnership for Water

03-Oct-2005 - Experts from the African Development Bank and the World Bank in Tunis on Monday, October 3, began a two-day retreat aimed at establishing a strategic partnership for sustainable water and sanitation services in Africa. The objectives of the retreat are to strengthen the working relationship/esprit de corps between the WSS teams in the two institutions, and update each other on progress in sector initiatives adopted by each institution.

Technical Preparatory Meeting of the 4th World Water Forum

29-Sep-2005 - Tunis, 29 September 2005 – Africa must make "an effective and outstanding contribution" to the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City, agreed participants in the Technical Preparatory Meeting of the Forum held in the Tunisian Capital on 28th and 29th September 2005. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange (Netherlands) said during a Press Conference at the end of the second day’s deliberations that he would like to see the Continent "speak with one voice" in Mexico.  He also re-affirmed all his interest in Africa’s water sector.

AfDB, CHAD Sign Country Office Agreement

29-Sep-2005 - Tunis, 29 September 2005 - The African Development Bank Group and the government of Chad on Thursday September, 29, signed the agreement establishing the Bank Groups’s country office in Chad.