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African Development Bank Group signs $28.8 million grant deal with Somalia for road and water projects

29-Aug-2019 - Mogadishu, Somalia, 29 August 2019 – The African Development Bank Group on 27 August 2019 signed two grants for $28.8 million for road and water supply projects to improve livelihoods in Somalia and boost resilience. The grants, approved by the Bank’s Board on 19 July 2019, confirm sustained efforts, especially by the African Development Fund, to tackle fragility in the Horn of Africa. They comprise $11.99 million for the Kismayo Baidoa urban water project and $16.86 million to partly finance a $66.7 million road.

African Development Bank President to visit the Kingdom of Eswatini

29-Aug-2019 - Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, August 29 - African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina arrives in the Kingdom of Eswatini on Saturday for an official visit, which will include a trip to one of the major Bank-funded projects in the country. Adesina will meet with Eswatini Minister of Finance Neal Rijkenberg.

TICAD7: African Development Bank discusses relief for fragile states through innovative private sector financing solutions

29-Aug-2019 - Access to concessional resources and insurance cover for pioneering investments, offer fragile nations the best tools to jump-start their economies, the African Development Bank said.

TICAD 7: Japan, South Africa and the African Development Bank unveil priorities to accelerate Africa’s technology transformation journey

29-Aug-2019 - “Let’s be visionary. Let’s be bold. Let’s support concrete initiatives to boost science, technology, and innovation in Africa,”- Akinwumi Adesina Science, technology and innovation as well as human resource development are critical in Africa, a continent, which has the biggest potential on earth, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum held in Yokohama, on Wednesday, as part of TICAD 7.

TICAD7: Digital Agriculture next frontier for economic development in Africa

29-Aug-2019 - “There’s risk, yes, but there are juicy returns, now is the time for all of us to run in that direction.” - Jennifer Blanke Prioritizing the digital space will help shift the development focus for Africa’s agribusiness sector and overcome its many hurdles, participants at an official side event, organized Wednesday during the 7th Tokyo International Conference, heard. 

Mauritius: African Development Bank addresses nascent electricity regulator’s special needs

28-Aug-2019 - The African Development Bank and the Africa Legal Support Facility (ALSF) joined the government of Mauritius in the launch of the Utility Regulatory Authority’s (URA) strategic business plan 2019-2022. Launched on 15 August 2019 in Ebene, Mauritius, the plan will strengthen the URA’s capacity on staffing, tools and other resources to regulate the energy sector effectively.

“The Kaizen approach is more than a technique…it is an approach to economic development, and it’s been yielding tremendous results” - African Development Bank Vice-president Celestin Monga

27-Aug-2019 - Yokohama, Japan, 27 August 2019 – Kaizen, the business philosophy which means continuous improvement in Japanese, was at the heart of discussions at a seminar held on Tuesday, and co-organised by JICA and NEPAD on the sidelines of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD7. The seminar, under the theme: “Africa’s Socio-economic Transformation through innovation,” discussed the role of Kaizen, in improving quality and productivity as well as human resource development on the continent.

African Development Bank President Adesina leads delegation to 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD

26-Aug-2019 - Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 26 August 2019 – A high-level African Development Bank delegation, led by President Akinwumi Adesina, is set to join global leaders at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD7 from August 28 to 30. TICAD7, hosted by Japan and co-organised by the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSSA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), aims at “promoting high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.”

G7 Summit: President Macron and G7 leaders provide Bank’s AFAWA initiative with $251 million.

25-Aug-2019 - Biarritz (France), 25 August 2019 – French President Emmanuel Macron and G7 leaders on Sunday approved a package totalling $251 million in support of the African Development Bank’s AFAWA initiative to support women entrepreneurs in Africa.

President Adesina at G7 summit in Biarritz: women’s entrepreneurship, climate and fragility at the heart of the agenda

23-Aug-2019 - Biarritz, France, 23 August 2019 – The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will head a delegation to the G7 summit, to be held from 24 to 26 August in Biarritz, in south-western France.

African Development Bank, Portugal and Guinea-Bissau sign compact to accelerate diversification, private sector development

23-Aug-2019 - The African Development Bank and the governments of Portugal and Guinea-Bissau have signed a country specific memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the Lusophone Compact, which aims to accelerate private sector development in Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa.

“African Development Bank $13 billion investment in Southern Africa is delivering strong results…Africa must not be under-ambitious!” Adesina tells SADC Summit.

19-Aug-2019 - The African Development Bank’s $13 billion investment in Southern African region since 2012 is delivering strong results across countries, the Bank’s President, Akinwumi Adesina said, addressing over 1000 delegates at the opening ceremony of the 39th Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Summit. The theme for this year's Summit is, "A Conducive Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Increased Intra-trade and Job Creation."

São Tomé and Príncipe fifth country to sign Lusophone country-specific compact to accelerate inclusive private sector led growth

16-Aug-2019 - São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe, 16 August 2019 – São Tomé and Principe signed, on Thursday, a country-specific memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the Lusophone Compact aimed at accelerating inclusive, sustainable, and diversified private sector growth.

Walvis Bay to net more tourists, thanks to upgraded port

13-Aug-2019 - Sushi and success: Walvis Bay to net more tourists, thanks to upgraded port With its sand dunes and abundant birdlife, Walvis Bay is already an important centre of tourism activity in Namibia. The bay is a safe haven for sea vessels because of its natural deep-water harbour, protected by a sandspit, being the only natural harbour along the country’s coast.

Namibia hails milestone as it launches expanded Walvis Bay Port

05-Aug-2019 - Namibian President Hage Geingob has hailed the expansion of the Walvis Bay port as a new chapter in the country’s economic transformation.

African Development Bank helps power wind of change in Kenya

01-Aug-2019 - Africa’s largest wind farm, a €620 million energy masterpiece boosting 365 turbines in northern Kenya, will help the East African nation stay on track to reach its target of 100% green energy by 2030. Known as the Lake Turkana Wind Power, the 40,000 acre wind farm will generate around 310 megawatts of power to the national grid, enough to light up over 300,000 households.  

World Hepatitis Day: WHO urges bolder commitment, resources for 2030 elimination target

30-Jul-2019 - Marking this year’s annual World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, the World Health Organization has called for increased financing for hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment, and care services in the context of universal health coverage (UHC). The theme, “Invest in eliminating hepatitis” highlights new research indicating that about $6 billion in investments is required annually to resource the health sector to achieve global elimination targets by 2030.

From youth empowerment to youth investment: the Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy

30-Jul-2019 - Africa’s greatest asset is its young people. However, without harnessing their potential and equipping them with skills of the future, restless, hungry, unemployed young people could also be Africa’s biggest problem.

African Development Bank concludes dialogue with Lesotho on new country strategy

29-Jul-2019 - Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 29th July 2019: An African Development Bank delegation has concluded a dialogue with representatives of the Kingdom of Lesotho to prepare for the country strategy 2020-2024. The dialogue in Lesotho on Friday 26th July 2019 related to the two proposed pillars of implementation: (i) strengthening value chains for sustainable and inclusive growth and job creation, and (ii) leveraging technology for improved governance and institutional capacity.

African Development Bank’s appreciation of the work of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization

29-Jul-2019 - The 4th General Assembly of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization PAFO, which took place in Kigali, Rwanda on 23 July 2019, brought together some 50 delegates, including representatives from PAFO’s regional bodies, to discuss the continental platform, as well as institutional, organizational and partnership challenges.