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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.

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...

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. 

Cameroun : la Banque africaine de développement prête 18 millions de dollars pour renforcer la gestion des finances publiques

08-Nov-2019 - Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement a donné son accord, mercredi 6 novembre, pour un prêt de 18,1 millions de dollars américains du Fonds africain de développement en faveur des finances publiques du Cameroun. Cet appui financier, pour la mise en œuvre du Projet d’appui au renforcement de la gestion des finances publiques (PARGEFIP), doit contribuer à améliorer la performance, l’intégrité et la transparence dans la gestion des finances publiques.

Horn of Africa countries launch regional initiative as peace dividend beckons, $15 billion investment on the cards

04-Nov-2019 - Five Horn of Africa countries have launched an initiative to forge closer economic ties, building on the improving political climate in the sub-region. The initiative was formalized on 18 October, on the sidelines of the World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC. The countries agreed on priority projects and programs that will constitute the initiative, which is being developed by the countries with support from the African Development Bank, the European Union and the World Bank.

‘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.

Extraordinary Meeting of African Development Bank Governors: "Make the right decision" for Africa to achieve its objectives, says Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d'Ivoire

31-Oct-2019 - The President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, on Thursday called on the Governors of the African Development Bank to "make the right decision" to enable the continent to achieve its development goals. President Ouattara made the remarks at the opening of the 5th extraordinary meeting of the African Development Bank Board of Governors in Abidjan.

African Development Bank Shareholders approve landmark $115 billion capital increase, signalling strong support

31-Oct-2019 - Bank's capital base more than doubles. Jumps from $93 billion to $208 billion Largest capital increase in the Bank's history signals a united front by shareholders At an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting today in Abidjan, Governors of the African Development Bank, representing shareholders from 80 countries, approved a landmark $115 billion increase in capital for the continent’s foremost financial institution.

African Development Bank Group’s Board of Governors to hold fifth extraordinary meeting in Abidjan

30-Oct-2019 - Who:              Board of Governors of the African Development Bank Group What:             5th extraordinary meeting of the Board of Governors Where:           Abidjan, Hotel Ivoire, Côte d’Ivoire When:            31 October 2019  

Modernizing African agriculture: Tunisia’s drone project shows the way

30-Oct-2019 - A workshop in Tunis organised by the African Development Bank last week followed on the heels of on a pilot project on the use of drones to boost agricultural productivity in Sidi Bouzid, in the central region of Tunisia. The aim of the workshop was to share knowledge and best practices for the introduction of drones in agriculture, drawing on the experience of the pilot project, with more than 150 participants from the public and private sectors.

Angola: African Development Bank approves $165 million for economic diversification

29-Oct-2019 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group on Tuesday approved a $165 million loan to finance part of Angola’s three-year economic diversification support program intended to restore the country’s macroeconomic stability. The Angolan government is implementing reforms to diversify its oil-dependent economy and has adopted measures to improve human and social development to restore fiscal balance after the economy was hit by a global slump in oil prices and repeated droughts.

African Development Bank, New Development Bank partner to deliver life-changing projects for millions of Africans

28-Oct-2019 - The African Development Bank and the New Development Bank have signed an agreement to promote new impact projects to improve lives of millions of Africans. Under the deal, the New Development Bank −a multilateral development bank established by BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – will work with the African Development Bank to jointly identify, prepare and co-finance projects in countries of mutual interest.

La Banque africaine de développement soutient l’économie de la mode en Afrique

25-Oct-2019 - La Banque africaine de développement, a organisé la quatrième édition des Masterclass Fashionomics Africa, du 16 au 17 octobre à Abidjan, en collaboration avec i-Hub Abidjan, Afreximbank, Suguba, Google Digital Skills for Africa, Kinaya Ventures. L’événement ciblait les entrepreneurs du textile, de l'habillement et des accessoires de mode.

African Development Bank climate change initiative: Top experts form the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism board

24-Oct-2019 - The African Development Bank has appointed a group of renowned experts to the board of a continental initiative to mobilize financing for resilience to the negative impacts of climate change.

Seedstars World partners with African Development Bank to propel youth startups and jobs

23-Oct-2019 - Seedstars World, a Swiss-based startup competition in emerging markets, and the African Development Bank on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership to implement its innovative ‘job creation track’ model to support youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa.

African Development Bank funds Angola initiative to improve business environment and diversify exports

23-Oct-2019 - The Angolan Government has launched a study funded by the Bank through the KOAFEC trust fund to support the improvement of export diversification and the business environment.

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. 

World Food Prize and World Hunger Fighters Foundation launch fellowship for young African agribusiness innovators

18-Oct-2019 - The World Food Prize Foundation and the newly launched World Hunger Fighters Foundation are partnering to provide year-long fellowships for young African food innovators and entrepreneurs. The World Hunger Fighters Foundation will award annual Borlaug-Adesina Fellowships to young Africans to develop new technologies, champion public policy, and develop viable businesses in the field of agriculture. The young leaders will gain experience in international agriculture research centres, including food and agribusiness companies.

African Development Bank inks €12.5 million deal with Adiwale Fund for SMEs

18-Oct-2019 - The African Development Bank on Thursday signed off on its €12.5 million equity investment in Adiwale Fund 1, a first-generation private equity fund targeting high growth potential Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in francophone West Africa. The Bank Group’s board of directors approved the investment in March as part of its commitment to grow  SMEs and improve livelihoods in countries underserved by the global equity market.

2019 Global Gender Summit plans to tackle the constraints to gender equality

18-Oct-2019 - Rwanda is preparing to welcome women from all over the world for the first Global Gender Summit to be held in Africa. At a press conference on 18 October in the capital Kigali, the organizers laid out plans for the event. “We believe that GGS 2019 will be an opportunity to share best practices from all participants so that we accelerate progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa and around the world,” said Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Soline Nyirahabimana.