Belgium

25-Oct-2017

Princess Astrid of Belgium visits AfDB headquarters in Abidjan Wednesday

Her Royal Highness, Princess Astrid of Belgium, accompanied by a high-level delegation of members of the country’s federal and regional governments and business leaders, will make a working visit to the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. Belgium’s Executive Director at the AfDB, Dominique Lebastard, AfDB Secretary-General, Vincent Nmehielle, Vice President Private Sector and Infrastructures, Pierre Guislain and AfDB Senior Vice President, Charles Boamah, will receive the Princess and her delegation at the Bank’s headquarters in the Ivorian capital. The Federal...
22-Jun-2016

AfDB calls for new approaches to boost trade and create jobs

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for stronger ties between Africa and European countries in a bid to boost trade between the two regions. Stefan Nalletamby, the Bank’s Acting Vice-President for Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, highlighted the importance of such a relationship, noting that it would result in more equitable benefits. Nalletamby was speaking during the European Development Days held on June 15 and 16, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Participating in a panel on Development and Trade Links and the Agenda 2030, Nalletamby emphasised the need...
20-Oct-2014

Kaberuka disappointed with international response, calls for African solidarity in fighting back Ebola

“Ebola is first and foremost our problem. Before relying on international aid, we must first encourage Africans to take action. I therefore call for African solidarity on this issue.” These were the words of Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, during the Rebranding Africa Forum held in Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday, October 18. The event, which focused on the theme of “What price for Africa’s emergence?”, was organised by the pan-African magazine Notre Afrik. The Ebola outbreak was naturally high on the agenda, dominating discussions throughout the Forum. The...
20-Oct-2014

AfDB President receives the Development Champion Award and dedicates it to health workers fighting Ebola in West Africa

“The Forum has given the Development Champion Award to Donald Kaberuka in recognition of his commitment to Africa as head of the African Development Bank.” These words were a key moment in the Gala Evening that marked the conclusion of the Rebranding Africa Forum, held on October 18 in Brussels, Belgium. Kaberuka accepted the award to a standing ovation from the audience, dedicating it to his staff at the African Development Bank (AfDB) and to health workers fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “I would like to dedicate this award to all my colleagues, to whom I intend to pass on...
18-Apr-2014

Addressing conflict and fragility in Africa: Leaders discuss empowerment, partnerships and accountability in Brussels meeting

“Addressing conflict and fragility in Africa” was the theme of an event organized by the African Development Bank’s High Level Panel on Fragile States during the Africa-EU Summit in Brussels on April 1. The event was chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia with opening statements made by President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, and Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development at the European Commission. The meeting discussed the findings of the High Level Panel’s final report, “Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action,” which was launched...
04-Apr-2014

AfDB and EU Commission reinforce partnership for Africa's transformation

A joint commitment under the theme of “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace” was at the centre of the African and European leaders meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3, 2014. On Thursday, the African Development Bank Group and the European Commission reinforced their existing partnership by signing a new Cooperation Arrangement.   The Arrangement – which builds on a 2005 Memorandum of Understanding between the Bank Group, the Commission and the European Investment Bank – aims to strengthen cooperation in development work, while pledging to make best...
13-Sep-2013

French Development Agency and AfDB to strengthen cooperation through concrete projects

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed an Exchange of Letters on September 13, 2013, in Tunis. The Exchange of Letters was signed by the AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, and the AFD Director General, Anne Paugam. The AfDB Executive Director for France, Belgium and Spain, François Kruger, was in attendance. Under the Agreement, the Bank and AFD, have charted out a road map over the next three years and have identified areas of joint collaboration in agriculture and food security; infrastructure; energy; climate change; social and environmental...
15-May-2013

The AfDB provides 240 million euros for the crisis exit in Mali

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) through its President, Donald Kaberuka, declared in Brussels the Institution’s  support to  the crisis exit efforts and revival of Malian economy  making available to this country the amount of 240 million euros. This declaration was made at the donors’ conference on Mali hosted by France and the European Union in Belgium. This assistance, granted through the African Development Fund (ADF) concerns four areas: budget support; specific assistance to economic governance for the capacity building of the administration, assistance to...
19-Feb-2013

ACP Grants €20 million to AfDB, AU and ECA in the Fight Against Climate Change

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union (AU) have, under the Climate for Development in Africa Program, undertaken a vibrant campaign for financial resources mobilization aimed at making viable the Special ClimDev-Africa Fund, a joint AU-AfDB-ECA initiative, administered by the African Development Bank. In accordance with AfDB procedures, UA 20 million (about US $30 million) were required to make this Fund operational. Ibrahima Dia, Chief of the Joint AU-AfDB-ECA Secretariat, received on Monday, February 11, in Brussels, the...
21-Mar-2012

AfDB to host the Friends of Zimbabwe Roundtable in Tunis

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will host the Friends of Zimbabwe Roundtable, to discuss economic and political developments in the country on 23 March. The meeting will also focus on the prospects of dealing with the country's external debt arreears.  The presentation of the Zimbabwe Accelerated Arrears, Debt and Development Strategy (ZAADDS) is a useful framework to address the issue of Zimbabwe’s external debt. ZAADDS is a key element of the government’s economic reform agenda. “It is clear that Zimbabwe cannot rehabilitate its infrastructure and move forward with its socio-...
08-Dec-2010

Journées européennes du développement : le débat prépare la conférence de Busan, en Corée.

A l’ouverture de la 5e édition des Journées européennes du développement (JED) à Bruxelles, organisée par l’Union européenne et la Belgique, qui en assure  actuellement la  présidence,  Yves Leterme, Premier ministre belge,  a indiqué dans son allocution que l’évènement est une occasion de  «  réévaluer les politiques de développement avec lucidité ». Evénement important dans le calendrier de l’Union européenne, le débat s’articule cette année autour de plus d’une trentaine de thèmes tels que « L’avenir des aides budgétaires », « L’efficacité de l’aide,...
08-Dec-2010

Journées européennes du développement : l’aide doit être un catalyseur de développement

Bruxelles 7 décembre 2010 – Le président de la banque africaine de développement M. Donald Kaberuka  a déclaré  que « l’aide  aujourd’hui, doit être un catalyseur de développement permettant aux pays de mettre en place des mécanismes et instruments efficaces de  mobilisation de leurs ressources internes ». Invité des débats de la 5e édition des Journées Européennes du Développement (JED) M. Kaberuka n’a pas manqué de souligner que toute  aide au développement devrait  s’inscrire dans une stratégie de  retrait progressif, en cédant la place au...
06-Dec-2010

AfDB Views on Aid Effectiveness and Energy to be discussed at 2010 European Development Days

From Aid to Development Effectiveness – AfDB Advocates Paradigm Shift “Aid is only a means to an end. Indeed, if aid is truly effective, it will progressively do itself out of a job. Effective aid should therefore be designed with this in mind – to strengthen, not displace, domestic energy and capacity; and to build up, not replace, alternative sources of development finance. This is a new way of thinking about the development partnership” Mr. Kaberuka explained . Background The African Development Bank (AfDB) will be present at the 5th European Development Days (EDD), to be held...
03-Dec-2010

From Aid to Development Effectiveness – AfDB Advocates Paradigm Shift

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) President, Donald Kaberuka will continue to advocate a shift in the international community focus from aid to development effectiveness, at the 5th European Development Days (EDD) to be held in Brussels, from 6 -7 December 2010. During the High-Level Panel on “Aid Effectiveness Objective Korea 2011 – Is the EU committed to make change happen?”, Mr. Kaberuka, will share a vision of Africa’s development in which Africa is firmly in the driving seat, and aid in a supporting role. This is the vision that will also be shared in Busan, Korea, in November...
08-Apr-2010

AfDB President Rings Opening Bell at European Stock Exchanges

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Donald Kaberuka, on Thursday, April 8, 2010, simultaneously opened all the European Stock Exchanges (NYSE Euronext) at the Brussels Stock Exchange where he rang the opening bell at the Place de la Bourse in the heart of the Belgian capital.  Before signing the guestbook of this European financial institution, President Kaberuka warmly thanked the leadership of the institution for making him the first African to give the starting signal for the Stock Exchange which manages all European financial stock markets. He then highlighted the...
20-Oct-2009

The Bank joins forces with other donors to strengthen oversight institutions

At a ceremony in Brussels on 20 October 2009, the Bank joined forces with 15 other donors to strengthen good governance and independent oversight of public finances through enhanced support to supreme audit institutions.  The Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), along with other development partners such as the World Bank, the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and bilateral donors. The purpose of this global partnership is to coordinate donor support to oversight institutions and audit...
04-Sep-2009

Bank Group President Kaberuka Addresses European Parliament’s Development Commission

Bank Group President, Donald Kaberuka, on Thursday, September 3, 2009, visited the European Parliament in Brussels where he delivered one of the keynote addresses to the European Parliament’s new development commission. The meeting’s focus was on the impact of the international response to the global financial crisis and the global structural reform of financing and aid on developing countries. Parliamentarians and Mr. Kaberuka exchanged perspectives on the Bank’s response to the financial crisis to mitigate its impact on African countries. They also examined the impact of the economic and...
03-Sep-2009

European Parliament-Financial crisis/developing countries

The impact of the financial market crisis on developing countries will be the subject of a discussion in the European Parliament' Development Committee with the President of the African Development Bank Group, Donald Kaberuka (Thursday, 3 September 2009). Recent message from AfDB President The severe impact of the global downturn on emerging economies in Africa is often ignored by the West but the African Development Bank is working hard to preserve growth across the continent. Africa must be part of the solution to the global crisis.
07-May-2009

AfDB President Commends Belgian Development Cooperation in Africa

African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Donald Kaberuka, has commended Belgian development cooperation in Africa. Speaking in Brussels on May 6, 2009, during the “Assises de la Coopération belge au développement”, Mr. Kaberuka said in large parts of Africa, Belgian cooperation had distinguished itself, especially in the domains of agriculture, health and governance. He however called for a rethink of the methods that are being used to deliver support to the continent in order to protect achievements of the past. “However, the current turmoil in the global economy and its impact on...
04-May-2009

The Financial Crisis and Africa - AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: Assises de la Coopération bèlge au développement In large parts of Africa, Belgian cooperation has distinguished itself especially in the domains of agriculture, health and governance. However, the current turmoil in the global economy and its impact on developing countries means that we have all to rethink how we deliver our support to protect the achievements and prevent a situation where poor countries slide back. I therefore thank you Minister for this initiative. The 1970s and 1980s were very difficult years for a majority of African economies. It is true that Africa is a...