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Cameroun : la Banque africaine de développement et le Programme alimentaire mondial explorent des axes de collaboration

12-Nov-2019 - Le responsable pays, Solomane Kone et l’équipe des experts du Bureau de la Banque au Cameroun (COCM), ont eu une consultation avec une délégation du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), conduite par Janvier Litse, conseiller supérieur Afrique sur le développement financier, le 17 octobre 2019. La consultation (Deep Dive) avait pour objectif d’explorer les domaines possibles de coopération entre les deux institutions au niveau du Cameroun. 

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.

Speaking up: Diplomats, policy makers and the African Development Bank share lessons on creating harassment-free workplaces

12-Nov-2019 - A conversation “shift” is occurring in workplaces resulting in more people, especially women, speaking up and reporting sexual harassment, attendees of a special panel session on the topic organized by the African Development Bank, heard. The panel discussion entitled: Ensuring the Right of Everyone to a Harassment free Work Place: Lessons from the Front Lines, was held November 6 2019, as part of the Bank’s SVP’s Knowledge Series at the Babacar Ndiaye auditorium of the Bank’s headquarters. The event was also followed live by staff in regional...

Africa Investment Forum: Family businesses - an underestimated economic driving force

12-Nov-2019 - Family businesses are rarely viewed as a sector which could influence economic growth, but the Africa Investment Forum is recognising them as important players on the continent. For the first time at a conference of this nature, families running business empires have been given a platform to share their views on how Africa’s unexplored wealth can benefit all who live here.

AIF 2019 : « forger un récit proprement africain sur l’Afrique pour changer le regard des investisseurs sur le continent », selon un panel d’économistes

12-Nov-2019 - En marge de la 2ème édition de l’Africa Investment Forum (AIF) qui se tient du 11 au 13 novembre à Johannesburg, des économistes ont invité les Africains à se réapproprier le récit de leur propre histoire s’ils veulent améliorer le regard des investisseurs sur leur continent.

2019 Africa Investment Forum: historic signing of high-speed railway construction concession agreement for Ghana, with the support of the African Development Bank

12-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank has thrown its weight behind a concession agreement for the construction of a high-speed railway in Accra, Ghana’s capital. The signing took place on the opening day of the second Africa Investment Forum, running from Monday to Wednesday in Johannesburg. “It’s a great day for Ghana!” said Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. “I was here last year and I’m back this year to make sure the project moves forward. This proves how important the Africa Investment Forum is. The signing of this agreement is on track to...

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Reinventing ways of acting and thinking for more efficient projects

12-Nov-2019 - Greater donor mobilization is needed to support the project preparation process that is so strategic for investment on the continent." These are the words of Patricia de Lille, South Africa’s Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure. She was part of the "Building early stage pipeline" panel discussion held at the Africa Investment Forum 2019 in Johannesburg, the economic capital of South Africa.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: "No country on the continent left behind," says Akinwumi Adesina

11-Nov-2019 - The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has given the assurance that no country would be left behind as the institution accelerates its development agenda. “No country is left behind and there will be no country,” Adesina told journalists on Monday at the Africa Investment Forum, held from 11 to 13 November in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We are ensuring that many investments are directed to fragile or low-income countries. We are not afraid to invest in Africa and in so-called ‘at-risk’ countries.”

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.

2019 Africa Visa Openness Index: African Union Commission, African Development Bank report shows wins in visa restrictions across Africa

11-Nov-2019 - For the first time, on average, Africans can travel to approximately 27 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival Ethiopia moves up a record 32 places on the Index, entering the top 20 most visa-open countries in Africa  

2019 African Investment Forum builds on 2018 successes, attracts growing international interest

11-Nov-2019 - The Africa Investment Forum is making phenomenal progress in attracting interest from all over the world since launching at the Sandton Convention Centre last year. The value of boardroom transactions which will be negotiated this year will be considerably higher compared to $43bn in 2018. A hundred and nine countries are represented at this year’s conference, 61 of which are not African, indicating growing international interest in the annual gathering.

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.

African Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) converts to concessional finance facility

05-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank’s Board of Governors has approved the conversion of the Bank-administered multi-donor trust fund SEFA into a “special fund”, to amplify its development impact by allowing it to access a wider range of financial instruments beyond the current scope of technical assistance.

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.

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.