Africa to have a large presence at COP21

The global conference on climate change, COP21, opened on Monday, November 30 in Paris, with the participation of a large delegation from the African Development Bank (AfDB) led by its President, Akinwumi Adesina. Defending the interests of Africa and Africans The AfDB is firmly committed to defending the interests of Africa and its citizens, who are among those who suffer the most from climate change around the world. The message it will deliver and the urgent situations it wishes to discuss as part of the COP21 agenda are set forth in detail in this position paper. In order to...

Africa’s Climate Opportunity: Adapting and Thriving - The African Development Bank at the UNFCCC COP21 meeting

Climate change poses a severe threat to Africa, the world’s most vulnerable region. But it also offers a huge opportunity. A new paper from the African Development Bank explains how the COP21 climate talks in Paris in December can help Africa deal with the threat and seize the opportunity. Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Yet it produces only 4 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. It’s only right for the countries that caused the problem to help Africa adapt to its effects. That’s climate justice. Africa can do much more than adapt, though. Adapting to climate...

AfDB President pays visit to French Ambassador in wake of terrorist attacks in Paris

On Monday, a minute of silence was observed at 12 noon Paris time (11 a.m. in Abidjan), at the Residence of France in Abidjan, following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13 that saw at least 129 deaths and hundreds injured. The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, took part in the observance and paid his respects to Georges Serre, French Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire. At the Residence of France, Adesina spoke with Serre and expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and his solidarity with the Government and people of France. Before...

AfDB President in Paris ahead of COP21 Climate Talks, alongside African Heads of State

At the invitation of French President François Hollande, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina joined African leaders, including Guinea's President Alpha Conde, Benin's President Boni Yayi, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, and Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, for a pre-COP21 working lunch at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  The African leaders were in Paris to discuss sustainable development and Africa’s interests regarding mitigating the effects of climate change ahead of the...

Statement by Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President, Ministerial Conference, Paris, France, September 6 2015

Your Excellency, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, France;  Your Excellency, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru; Honorable Ministers, Distinguished Participants.  First let me start by thanking the government of France for their boldness, leadership and vision in addressing the crucial challenge of climate change, and of course for hosting the forthcoming COP21.   Climate change is the most important development challenge of our time. Evidence suggests that outcomes of COP21, if seen as equitable, can lead to more effective...

2005 - France - Meeting of the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) of the Multilateral Development Banks


Evaluation of Paris Declaration Implementation at the African Development Bank

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, endorsed in 2005, is a landmark international agreement and the culmination of several decades of attempts to improve the quality of aid and its impact on development. The Accra High Level Forum in 2008 adopted an Agenda for Action to accelerate progress toward the Declaration objectives, and to strengthen or sharpen a number of commitments.

ADF 13 replenishment: An innovative and focused response to Africa’s requirements - AfDB President's statement at the Opening Session

Event: ADF 13 Replenishment – Third Meeting – Opening Session It’s my pleasure to welcome you to Paris for this final round of ADF 13 replenishment. I wish to thank Deputies and Ministers who are representing RMCs for finding the time to be with us today. On your behalf I also wish to thank Richard Manning for the outstanding job he has done in coordinating this replenishment. We are now at the end of a process that started in February 2013, which is taking place at a very upbeat time for Africa: Many African countries are fully in the midst of strong economic growth; It is...

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...

Le président de la BAD appelle les pays de la Zone franc à mettre davantage l’intégration monétaire au service de l’intégration économique

A l’invitation du ministre français de l’économie et des finances, Pierre Moscovici, le président de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), Donald Kaberuka, a participé, le 5 octobre 2012, à Paris, à la réunion des ministres des finances de la Zone Franc, marquant la commémoration du 40ème anniversaire des accords de coopération monétaire dans cette Zone .  M.Kaberuka qui a axé son intervention sur le thème «  libérer le potentiel de l’Afrique par une intégration monétaire», a salué la stabilité macroéconomique et la résilience aux chocs dont ont fait preuve les pays de la...

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-...

Statement to the 2012 World Water Conference by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: World Water Conference Twelve years ago, under the umbrella of the Africa Water Vision, we committed to the objective of water for all by the year 2025. We are here to renew our commitment to the water sector and strengthen our partnership. I would like to especially thank Mr. Camdessus for the very special support and personal commitment to the water sector over the years. Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, We, at the African Development Bank, are wholeheartedly committed to redoubling our efforts. Since 2003, the Bank has increased its focus on...

G20 Panel recommends Sokoni technology platform for infrastructure development in Africa

G20 leaders today welcomed the recommendations of the High-Level Panel for Infrastructure Development, endorsing the development of the Sokoni Africa Infrastructure Marketplace. The African Development Bank (AfDB) and top Silicon Valley software engineering firm Zanbato Group teamed up to create Sokoni, the first online marketplace for infrastructure projects in Africa. Sokoni is a technology platform that increases the quality of information available to investors through better links to project sponsors and financiers. In 2010, the G20 created a panel of high profile...

Michel Camdessus to the Board of Directors seminar at the AfDB

04/11/2011 - Interview - Michel Camdessus en séminaire du Conseil d’administration... “Every executive director has a role to play in the process of the African Water Facility replenishment” Le gouverneur honoraire pour la Banque de France, Michel Camdessus, a effectué, jeudi 3 novembre 2011, une visite de travail au Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement. M. Camdessus a participé au séminaire du Conseil d’administration, présidé par le vice-président Aloysius Ordu. Après un exposé sur les ressources en eau en Afrique et son financement, par le directeur de la Facilité...

Four Countries Join Deauville Partnership in Support for MENA Reform

USD 38 billion available to aid change in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan The Deauville Partnership, set up at the G8 meeting in the French seaside town in May 2011 with the aim of supporting political and economic transformation in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, has welcomed five new members. The Partnership’s founding members were the G8 countries together with Egypt and Tunisia.  After a meeting of its finance ministers in Marseilles, France, on 10 September the Partnership announced in a communiqué that Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE, had...

A New Dawn, New Opportunities - AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: Address to the European American Press Club The African miracle? Last week the influential US magazine Foreign Policy carried a story entitled “The African Miracle”, adding to a long succession of recent very bullish reports on the African economy. While acknowledging the wide diversity in the fortunes and performance of the 53 countries that make up the mosaic of the African continent, the proposition that, since the turn of the millennium, Africa has created a new dynamic is now broadly accepted and is backed by solid empirical, rather than anecdotal, evidence. The GDP...

Interview avec l’administrateur Emmanuel Carrère, "Les relations de la France avec la BAD sont excellentes"

«Les relations de la France avec la BAD sont excellentes… La France sera aux côtés de la BAD et de son président pour répondre aux nouveaux défis de développement », a déclaré jeudi 13 mai 2010 à Tunis, l’administrateur pour la France, Emmanuel Carrère, en perspective des Assemblées annuelles 2010. Question : Comment qualifiez-vous les relations entre votre pays et le Groupe de la BAD ? Réponse : Les relations de la France avec la BAD sont excellentes. La France a toujours été un partenaire fidèle de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), dans les bons moments comme dans...

French Parliamentary Mission at AfDB: Enhancing Complementarity

Written by Aristide Ahouassou A French parliamentary mission, led by Member of Parliament, Jean-Paul Bacquet, was received on Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Tunis by African Development Bank Group officials where it held a series of discussions. The mission sought to identify how to better coordinate bilateral and multilateral aid, including that delivered by the Bank Group. The delegation also sought to know how to enhance their geographic and sectoral complementarity. Discussions during their meetings also focused on strategic partnerships between the Bank Group and France in priority...

The AfDB Welcomes Nathalie Delapalme, from the French Economy, Industry and Employment Ministry

Le Groupe de la Banque a reçu, mardi 19 janvier 2010 à Tunis, la visite de Mme Nathalie Delapalme, inspectrice  générale des finances  au ministère français de l’économie. Avec le président Donald Kaberuka, Mme Delapalme a passé en revue les questions d’intérêt commun  entre la France et le Groupe de la BAD portant sur  l’aide au développement, en particulier l’intégration régionale, l’agriculture et les instruments de l’aide.   Mme Delapalme préside un comité de pilotage pour évaluer les contributions françaises  sur les différents guichets du Groupe de la...

Interview avec Patrick Giraud, spécialiste en chef, BAD

Question: Les résultats de ce Forum sont inscrits dans un certain nombre de recommandations. Pouvez-vous nous en donner les principaux axes ? Réponse: Les recommandations du Forum ont été préparées de façon très interactive avec les participants, d’une part à travers les résultats des ateliers thématiques et d’autre part lors de la dernière séance plénière. Des recommandations ont été formulées pour Améliorer la compétition sur le marché des transferts notamment par la mise en place de mécanismes de régulation effective et efficace ; Habiliter les acteurs du marché ; Introduire...