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Sommet mondial du genre 2019 à Kigali : la Banque africaine de développement et le Rwanda veulent accélérer la promotion de l’égalité des sexes

20-Nov-2019 - Pour la première fois, l’Afrique accueille, du 25 au 27 novembre à Kigali, le Sommet mondial sur le genre, un événement qui vise à partager les meilleures pratiques et stimuler l’innovation afin d’accélérer les progrès en matière d’égalité des sexes.

Cameroun : la Banque africaine de développement accorde près de 18millions d’euros pour les 365 km de la Ring Road

19-Nov-2019 - Le ministre de l’Economie, de la planification et de l’aménagement du territoire, Alamine Ousmane Mey et le directeur général de la Banque africaine de développement pour la région Afrique centrale, Ousmane Doré, ont signé l’accord de prêt de la première tranche du « Projet d’appui au secteur des transports phase 3 : construction de la Ring Road », pour un montant de 17,96 millions d’euros, soit environ 12 milliards de francs CFA. C’était le 28 octobre 2019 à Yaoundé, en présence de responsables officiels camerounais et du responsable pays de...

Tunisie : la Banque africaine de développement soutient activement l’accès au financement des petites et moyennes entreprises

19-Nov-2019 - La Banque africaine de développement a lancé, le jeudi 31 octobre à Tunis, le programme « Investia Enterprise » afin de renforcer la dynamique d’inclusion financière en faveur des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) tunisiennes. Cette opération est le fruit d’un partenariat entre le Royaume-Uni et le ministère des Finances tunisien, mobilisant, autour de la Bourse des valeurs mobilières de Tunis, l’ensemble des acteurs de l’écosystème financier du pays. L’objectif de ce programme pilote est de faciliter l’accès aux financements non bancaires...

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Masai Ujiri urges African leaders to invest in sports, commissions two new “players”

18-Nov-2019 - Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, made his second appearance at the Africa Investment Forum, renewing his call for African governments to invest in sports. Ujiri, the only President of National Basketball Association (NBA) of African origin in franchise history, has worked hard over the past year to scout talent and raise awareness about the success and growth of sports on the continent.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Promises made, promises kept: Champions share why investments benefit women

18-Nov-2019 - Challenged a few years ago at an investment forum about the number of women-owned businesses she invested in, Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Aliethiea IDF, faced the realization that after 15 years of private equity investing in businesses in Europe, Asia and North America, the answer was: none. It was a turning point for the former investment banker, although her partner and co-founder, South African Polo Leteka, had been doing exactly that for years.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: African Development Bank signs $250-million risk participation agreement with ABSA, to address Africa’s trade financing gap

18-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank has signed an unfunded $250-million Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) facility with ABSA - a pan-Africa financial institution with a solid presence in 12 African countries. The 3-year RPA facility was signed November 12, on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Form through its trade finance operations. Under this 3-year RPA facility, the Bank and ABSA will share default risk on a portfolio of eligible trade transactions originated by African Issuing Banks (IBs) and confirmed by ABSA.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: "Africa's time is now!", says Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

14-Nov-2019 - At the close on Wednesday of the second edition of the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina put the accent on current investment opportunities in Africa and on assuring young African entrepreneurs of the institution's support.

2019 Africa Investment Forum: African Development Bank, EU reaffirm partnership, ambition to de-risk business environment, create jobs in Africa

14-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank and the European Union shook hands on a renewed commitment to unlock hundreds of millions in financing for African infrastructure and development needs. Collaboration between the two institutions would focus on de-risking the business environment in Africa, providing equity, guarantees and other types of non-grant support, African Development Bank President Akinwumi and European Union Commissioner Neven Mimica said at a news conference held Monday, on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum.

Africa Investment Forum 2019 : le programme « Desert to Power », initié par la Banque africaine de développement, au centre des discussions d’un panel d’experts

13-Nov-2019 - Le programme « Desert to Power », initié par la Banque africaine de développement pour fournir de l’électricité à 250 millions de personnes dans la région du Sahel, a fait l’objet d’une session spécifique mardi à l’Africa Investment Forum 2019, organisé à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud.

African Development Bank Group becomes a shareholder in Africa Finance Corporation

13-Nov-2019 - L'Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), un prestataire de solutions d'infrastructures de premier plan en Afrique, a annoncé, hier, que la Banque africaine de développement avait investi 50 millions de dollars américains pour entrer à son capital. Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading infrastructure solutions provider in Africa, today announces that the African Development Bank Group, Africa’s highest investment-grade rated (AAA with stable outlook) multinational finance institution, has invested $50 million in the equity of AFC.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: "Build mutual trust to attract capital to Africa," says investors' panel

13-Nov-2019 - African, European and American investors and the President of the African Development Bank held a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Africa Investment Forum 2019 to collectively reflect on the theme: "Destination Africa: Leveraging Institutional Investors". Panellists included Adam Boehler, Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation; Rob Hersov, founder of the Invest Africa platform; Uche Orji, CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority; and Sola David Borha, CEO of Africa Regions,...

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Unveiling the Boardroom: $67.6 billion dollars of deals tabled, $40.1 billion investor interest secured

13-Nov-2019 - It was deals that brought participants to the 2019 Africa Investment Forum and they were not disappointed. The second Forum ended on a high note Wednesday, with 56 boardroom deals valued at $67.6 billion tabled - a 44% increase from last year. Fifty-two deals worth $40.1 billion secured investor interest compared with $37.8 billion dollars last year. During the 2018 edition of the Forum, 61 transactions valued at $46.9 billion were tabled for discussions in boardroom sessions and 49 deals worth $38.7 billion, secured investment interest.

Mozambique features strongly at 2019 Africa Investment Forum with $24.6 billion project, the largest deal

13-Nov-2019 - Mozambique’s state oil and fuel company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), tabled a $24.6 billion transformative project for Mozambique’s economy, the largest deal to feature at the 2019 Africa Investment Forum. The project includes the development of the Golfinho and Atum fields and the nation’s first onshore liquefied natural gas plant. Mozambique’s Prime Minister Agostinho do Rosário made the announcement at a media briefing session during the Forum, the continent’s premier investment marketplace, organized by the African...

Africa Investment Forum 2019: MOU brings good news for Africa’s rail networks

13-Nov-2019 - The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Thelo DB on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg. The agreement will give both parties an opportunity to develop, finance and operate railway projects across Africa. Thelo and Afreximbank have agreed to collaborate to modernise the continent’s railways, thereby promoting trade, investment, and economic and skills development. Both see the urgent need for efficient and effective transportation and logistics on the continent, particularly in...

African has grasped the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to African Development Bank report, but its role globally could be even bigger

13-Nov-2019 - A report compiled by the African Development Bank reveals a continent that is embracing the brave new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution but needs to improve access to finance, skills and inclusive growth.  The report, titled “Potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa”, was launched on Monday at the Africa Investment Forum, the continent’s premier investment marketplace, organized by the African Development Bank and its partners.

Africa’s infrastructure financing reaches an all-time high in 2018, surpassing $100 billion - ICA

12-Nov-2019 - The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) on Tuesday announced a 24% leap in infrastructure financing in Africa in 2018, surpassing $100 billion for the first time, but significant financing gaps remain. Launched on 12 November at the Africa Investment Forum, the ICA’s Infrastructure Financing Trends in Africa 2018 report shows that financing of infrastructure in Africa reached a new high of $100.8 billion in 2018, a jump of about a quarter on 2017 and 38% up on the 2015-2017 average.

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.