Tunisia

20-Apr-2006

Liberian Finance Minister Confers with Bank Officials

The Minister of Finance of Liberia and Governor for her country in the Bank Group, Mrs. Antoinette Sayeh is currently on a two-day visit to the Bank in Tunis. She met with OCVP, FFMA and FFCO teams on Thursday. The discussions focused on arrears clearance, medium- term outlook for Bank engagement in Liberia, Bank support under the private sector window, assistance in capacity building, overall future programme for Liberia and other issues necessary to maintain a cordial working relationship between the two sides. V.P. Zeinab El-Bakri chaired the meeting. The ED for Liberia, Mr. Foday Mansaray...
14-Apr-2006

Reinventing Growth in Africa

Professor Calestous Juma today at the Temporary Relocation Agency of the ADB in Tunis gave a conference on the Topic: ‘Reinventing Growth: Technological Innovation and Economic Renewal in Africa’. The conference was chaired by President Donald Kaberuka. Professor Juma made a brilliant presentation on Development research development and problems faced by universities. He invited the ADB as well as African countries to pay more attention to these important sectors in combating poverty by providing more resources. Africa must learn from successful experiences of partnership between the...
29-Mar-2006

Tunisia: Integrated Agriculture Development Project for Kairouan

Tunis, 30 March 2006 – A new operation of the African Development Bank in Tunisia is expected to help improve the conditions of live in rural areas. The loan approved by the Board of Directors of the ADB on Wednesday at the tune of 14.713 millions Units of Account* (US$ 21 million or 29 million Tunisian Dinars) to finance the Integrated Agriculture Development Project for Kairouan will help increase incomes of rural populations in the governorate of Kairouan. The three components of the project (rural infrastructure development, participatory agricultural development and capacity...
28-Feb-2006

Ouverture de l'atelier sur le partenariat global en matière de transport

TUNIS, le 28 février 2006 – L’atelier de deux jours sur le partenariat global sur la connaissance du transport a été ouvert ce matin à Tunis par Mr Abderrahim Zouari, ministre tunisien des transports. Dans son discours d’ouverture, M. Zouari a félicité le groupe de la Banque africaine de développement pour ses résultats dans le domaine du transport au niveau des pays membres régionaux et particulièrement en Tunisie où il a financé plusieurs projets en matière de transport routier et ferroviaire. M. Birama Sidibe, vice-président par intérim chargé du complexe des opérations Nord,...
27-Feb-2006

AfDB Hosts Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) Workshop

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will host a Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) Assembly and Workshop from 28 February to 1 March 2006 in Hotel Africa in Tunis. The gathering, to be attended by government officials, representatives of development institutions and stakeholders in the transport sector from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and other parts of the world, will be officially opened by the Tunisian Minister of Transport, Mr. Abderrahim Zouari. The deliberations will focus on four major themes: Transport and Health, Transport and Exclusion, Demand...
21-Feb-2006

International Mother Tongue Day - AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: International Mother Tongue Day The African Development Bank is delighted to join UNESCO and the rest of the world in celebrating the International Mother Tongue Day this year. The significance of mother tongue to Africa cannot be over-emphasized, especially when one considers the estimated 700 languages and about 3000 dialects that co-exist in a continent of 885 million people, about 60 percent of whom live in rural areas. Further, only 50 of these languages are spoken among populations of more than one million. With a staff of about 1025 from 69 countries, 49 of which are...
07-Feb-2006

Visit of the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation - Welcome Address by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: Visit to the Bank of the Dutch Minister for Development Co-operation, Mrs. Agnes van Ardeene-van der Hoeven On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and the staff of the African Development Bank as well as on my own behalf, it is indeed a pleasure to welcome you to the Bank. I am confident that your visit will contribute to reinforcing the strong relations that exists between the Bank Group and the Government of the Netherlands. It is a pleasure for me to note that the Netherlands has always been a strong supporter of the African Development Bank and, more broadly, to...
22-Nov-2005

Address to the African Finance Ministers’ Consultative Meeting by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: The African Finance Ministers’ Consultative Meeting The past 12 months have been momentous for Africa and for the Bank. As the year 2005, designated the year of Africa, comes to a close, we can take comfort in terms of progress made in raising Africa’s presence on a global level. In 2005, a confluence of major international events has highlighted Africa’s challenges, the efforts of the world’s richest countries to extend greater support to Africa as well as our own efforts within our countries. Last December, ADF partners provided the Bank with 5.4 billion dollars to 40 of our...
24-Oct-2005

African Development Bank Poised for Major Reforms: President announces important change agenda

Tunis, 24 October 2005 – The President of the African Development Bank (AFDB) Mr. Donald Kaberuka has announced a major reform agenda geared at bringing about a more effective, responsive development institution able to galvanize the new International agenda for Africa on trade, debt, ODA and the emerging positive development on the continent. Addressing his first meeting with the full staff body since assuming office on September 1, 2005, he indicated reforms to deepen internal governance, consolidate financial soundness and greater operational effectiveness. He spoke of the urgent...
10-Oct-2005

Course on Programming and Financial Policies

The Joint Africa Institute* (JAI) on Monday began a course on Programming and Financial Policies for the benefit of 34 officials from 25 central Banks of the AfDB Group Regional Member Countries.  The two-week course (3-14 October, 2005) jointly organized by the IMF, provides participants with an understanding of the key analytical concepts and frameworks needed to design and implement macroeconomic and structural policies in the context of financial programs. Emphasis is placed on the complementarities of macroeconomic and structural policies. The course consists of...
03-Oct-2005

AfDB/World Bank Partnership for Water

Experts from the African Development Bank and the World Bank in Tunis on Monday, October 3, began a two-day retreat aimed at establishing a strategic partnership for sustainable water and sanitation services in Africa. The objectives of the retreat are to strengthen the working relationship/esprit de corps between the WSS teams in the two institutions, and update each other on progress in sector initiatives adopted by each institution. The ADB and the World Bank also want to reach agreement on key strategies to sector development including: Rural Water Supply Programmatic...
28-Sep-2005

AfDB Supports Tunisia’s Education Policy

Tunis, 28 September 2005 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Wednesday in Tunis approved a loan of 50 million units of account* (60 million Euros or 97 million Tunisian Dinars) to finance the Secondary Education Support Project, Phase II (SESP II) in Tunisia. The project aims at supporting implementation of the Government's education policy, which guarantees free and compulsory access to good quality basic and secondary education for all children aged 6-16, through the increase of the intake capacity, and the improvement of the relevance and quality of basic...
27-Sep-2005

AfDB, Tunisia Sign Loan Agreements

Tunis, 27 September 2005 - The African Development Bank and Tunisia signed two loan agreements worth 133.025 million UA in Tunis on Tuesday. The first agreement involves a loan of 33.025 million UA to finance a project for the reduction of pollution and the improvement of the competitiveness of the Gafsa Phosphates Company (CPG) as well as the country’s mineral extraction sector.  The Second loan of 100 million UA (117 million Euros) will finance the Third Competitiveness Support Programme which is to assist the government achieve the target of an average annual GDP growth...
21-Sep-2005

AfDB Supports Macroeconomic Stability Consolidation and Private Sector Growth in Tunisia

Tunis, 21 September 2005 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday approved a loan of 117 million euros to finance the Third Competitiveness Support Programme in Tunisia aimed at helping the country achieve an average annual GDP growth rate of 5.2% during the period 2005-2006. The programme will focus on the implementation of three fundamental and interdependent orientations of the Government’s policy in economic development, aimed at ensuring increased private sector investments within the framework of the Plan. These orientations are: - Maintain a...
21-Sep-2005

ADB President on Impact of Rising Oil Price

Tunis, 21 September 2005 - The President of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group, Mr. Donald Kaberuka, has stressed the need for the Bank to play a greater advocacy role within the international community on development issues affecting the continent. He told members of the Board of Directors during his weekly meeting in Tunis on Wednesday that it was of particular importance that the Bank review the impact of rising oil prices on the economies of the regional member countries, share its findings with other donors and determine the Bank’s possible response. Speaking during a...
01-Sep-2005

Kaberuka Sworn in as 7th Elected President of the African Development Bank Group

Tunis, 1 September 2005 – The African Development Bank (ADB) Group has a new President.  Mr. Donald Kaberuka took the oath of office today in a ceremony at the institution’s Temporary Relocation Agency in Tunis.  The occasion was witnessed by the Chair and members of the Bank’s Board of Governors, the Board of Directors, members of the diplomatic corps in Tunis and staff of the institution. "I solemnly declare and undertake…that I will abide by the provisions of the Agreement establishing the African Development Bank… and that I will discharge my duties and functions… with...
21-Jul-2005

Rwandan Finance Minister elected President of the African Development Bank

Tunis, 21 July 2005 – Rwandan Finance Minister, Mr. Donald Kaberuka (54) was on Thursday in Tunis elected President of the African Development Bank Group (ADB) during the extraordinary Meeting of ADB Governors held on 21-22 July 2005 in Tunis. Mr. Kaberuka received 78.8% of the total votes and 68.2 % of the African votes while Mr. Olabisi Ogunjobi of Nigeria, polled 20.55% of the total votes and 30.74% of the African votes, in the seventh round of balloting. Mr. Kaberuka will replace Mr. Omar Kabbaj of Morocco who will complete his 10-year tenure at the Bank at the end of August....
07-Jul-2005

The African Development Bank launches the African Water Facility in Tunis

Tunis, 7 July 2005 – The African Development Bank (ADB) organizes on 8 July 2005 at Sheraton Hotel Tunis the African Water Facility Inaugural Governing Council Meeting. This important event will gather the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) representatives, the ADB President, Mr. Omar Kabbaj, the Tunisian Secretary of State in charge of Water Resources and Fishery, Mr. Amor El Abed, as well as the water sector’s experts from the ADB, the United Nations Agency for Water (UN Water) et from the African Union in the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as...
06-Jul-2005

Multinational - Programme africain relatif aux stocks de pesticides périmes - ESIA Summary

Ce sommaire présente les exigences définies par les Procédures du Groupe de la Banque en matière d’Étude des impacts environnementaux et sociaux (PEIES) pour les projets de catégorie 1. Il constitue, dans une large mesure, un résumé d’un rapport de synthèse établi par la Banque mondiale le 17 mars 2004, rapport qui reposait sur une étude détaillée intitulée «Le Programme africain relatif aux stocks de pesticides périmés: Étude environnementale cadre (EEC) et Cadre de gestion environnementale et sociale (CGES)» dont Terra Choice et Jacques Whitford, tous deux des consultants, sont les co-...
16-Jun-2005

Workshop on “Local Governance and Poverty Alleviation in Africa: Lessons of Experience”, 21-24 June 2005, Tunis

The African Development Bank and the Joint Africa Institute, in collaboration with the German Development Bank (Kfw), the World Bank and the International Institute for Democracy Electoral Assistance (IDEA), are organizing a learning Workshop on "Local Governance and Poverty Alleviation in Africa: Lessons of Experience". The venue will be at the Sheraton Hotel, Tunis from 21-24 June 2005. The main objective of the workshop is to assist 16 country delegations to strategize on how to tackle the most important challenges confronting decentralized governance especially in terms of the delivery...