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« Trois questions à… » John Andrianarisata, Représentant-pays de la Banque africaine de développement au Bénin

19-Feb-2020 - La Banque africaine de développement est partenaire du Bénin depuis 1972, l’un des six pays africains ayant connu la plus forte croissance en 2019. John Andrianarisata, représentant de la Banque dans le pays, explique le rôle de l’institution dans cette performance et détaille ses priorités pour accompagner le Bénin dans la transformation structurelle de son économie.

NSO Policy Interviews: KODEIJA DIALLO, directrice du Département d’appui aux opérations non-souveraines et au secteur privé de la Banque africaine de développement

24-Jan-2020 - La directrice du Département d’appui aux opérations non-souveraines et au secteur privé de la Banque africaine de développement fait le point sur la politique en direction du secteur privé et parle du secteur dit informel.   Comment la Banque pourrait-elle accompagner les organisations mal structurées ?

Africa Investment Forum: CEOs changing the investment narrative in Africa

09-Oct-2019 - “The Africa Investment Forum, with its high-level, well-focused audience, ranks among the best.  Its strength is that it is very transaction-oriented. The Forum not only brings together investors and stakeholders to initiate deals, but can help close transactions that would otherwise take months or years,” says Ebobissé.

Climate Action Summit: Three questions to Dr Anthony Nyong, director climate change and green growth department

07-Oct-2019 - Leaders from all over the world met in New York recently to discuss efforts to tackle climate change. The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, attended the Climate Action Summit and pledged to double funding commitments to $25 billion from 2020 to 2025 to help African countries address the challenges of climate change. Most of this funding will go towards adaptation. Dr Anthony Nyong, Director of the Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Department, answers three...

Three Questions to Wale Shonibare, Acting VP, Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth

12-Sep-2019 - What is the Desert to Power Initiative? Desert to Power is an ambitious and innovative partnership-driven initiative of the African Development Bank to transform the Sahel and Sahara region through the deployment of solar technologies, at scale, in eleven countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan.

Interview - Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA)

14-Jun-2019 - Korea imported 900,000 tons of rice every year in the 1970s and became self-sufficient in five years. What made this happen? First, it was thanks to technology development. Korean scientists concentrated their efforts on developing new varieties of rice and succeeded in making their own high-yielding varieties.

Switzerland Governor Raymond Furrer on the two bilateral agreements signed during the Bank’s Annual Meetings in Malabo

13-Jun-2019 - Q 1. Switzerland just signed  two bilateral agreements for grants with the African Development Bank. Can you tell us about them? Indeed, we signed a CHF 3,000,000 grant to support the Boost Africa/E-lab initiative.  Boost Africa is a joint initiative between the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB), and one of the flagship initiatives of the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy. It aims to harness the continent’s potential and create opportunities on the ground.

These young Africans dream of becoming the next Mandela, Nasser, Adesina, Wangari Maathai or Houphouët-Boigny

12-Jan-2018 - Invited to the headquarters of the African Development Bank to try their hand at leadership in a game setting, several dozen young people took part in the new board game Made in Africa, created by Olubanke King Akerele, diplomat and former minister of Liberia. It was an opportunity for the young participants to share their vision for the leadership and future of Africa, and to express their opinions on the place of young people in Africa.

Africa needs to create right skills, provide funding for its young entrepreneurs, says Ashish Thakkar

27-Nov-2017 - Ashish Thakkar is the Founder and Chairman of Mara Group, an investment firm with a presence across 25 African countries. He founded the Mara Foundation in 2009 to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship and venture philanthropy.

The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor: a PIDA flagship programme and catalyst for economic growth in West Africa

02-Sep-2016 - What is the current status of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor?

Testimonies of students at International University of Grand-Bassam

19-Jun-2015 - Four students from the International University of Grand Bassam (UIGB), located some 30 kilometres to the south of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, explain how the programme prepared them for studies abroad. Kingbewe Windi: “International University of Grand-Bassam is really a pole of excellence”

« Il faut mettre un accent prononcé sur les partenariats et harmoniser les opportunités et le financement,» Kodeidja Diallo, directrice du département du développement du secteur privé de la BAD

02-Jun-2015 - Un des grands sujets en débat lors des Assemblées annuelles de la BAD, à Abidjan, du 25 au 29 mai 2015, c’est la question brûlante de financement des grands projets typiques en infrastructure ou dans l’industrie lourde. Pour Kodeidja Diallo, dans notre continent, toutes les institutions de développement et les économistes des Banques d’affaires sont unanimes sur l’énorme déficit en infrastructure pour atteindre les objectifs du millenium. Quelle adéquation entre financement de projets et opportunités ? Comment...

AEC Voices: African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

07-Nov-2014 - “We want a continent of good governance, democracy, respect of human rights, gender equality, justice and the rule of law” – Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th African Economic Conference in Addis Ababa “Skills, technology, knowledge and innovation are critical to all areas of African transformation: from the modernization of agriculture, to having resilient and effective public health systems in order to fight disease, as we see with Ebola.

A new paradigm in health financing and the importance of national funding underscored by Hamdok

16-Oct-2014 - On the occasion of the 9th African Development Forum (ADF) in Marrakech, Morocco, the African Development Bank spoke with Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, on the way forward for development.

Goal of 9th ADF is to accelerate the continent’s development, improve the lives of Africans

15-Oct-2014 - On the occasion of the 9th African Development Forum in Marrakech, Morocco, the African Development Bank spoke with Christian Diguimbaye, Coordinator, Steering Committee of the Joint Secretariat of the tripartite partnership of the African Union Commission, UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank, about the Forum and his views on Africa’s deve

Agriculture: The key to Africa’s development

30-Sep-2014 - On the occasion of the African Development Bank’s commemoration of the Africa Year of Agriculture and Food Security, on Monday, September 29, 2014 in Abidjan, Chiji Ojukwu, Director of the AfDB’s Agriculture and Agro Industry Department, reflects on the importance of agriculture in Africa. What are the main food crops and cash crops that can help the continent address its food security and reduce poverty? What are the Bank’s future concrete actions to sustain these on the ground?

Financement des infrastructures en Afrique « une bonne préparation garantie le succès des projets »

17-Jun-2014 - « Quand les projets sont bien préparés, ils n’échouent pas. La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a une grande expérience dans le domaine », a déclaré Neside Tas Anvaripour, directrice d’« Afrique 50 », le nouvel instrument de financement des infrastructures de la BAD.

New economic reconstruction plan is needed to overcome fragility in CAR: Minister

02-Jun-2014 - Florence Limbio, Minister of the Economy, Planning, Cooperation and Development for the Central African Republic, called for the development of a new plan, under which her country and its multilateral partners – including the African Development Bank (AfDB) – focus on key priorities and add fresh impetus to CAR's economic reconstruction programme.

Interview with Anna Bossman, Director of IACD, on Settlement Agreements

28-May-2014 - On March 21, 2014, the African Development Bank’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD)announced the conclusion of settlement agreements with three multinationals following the companies’ admission of corrupt practices in a Bank-financed project. As part of the settlement agreements, IACD imposed financial penalties totaling US $17 million.

Capacity building is critical to Africa's emergence and industrialisation: Emmanuel Nnadozie

27-May-2014 - In recent years Africa has been making great strides in policy development and at present looks very prepared to move from principle into practice on this. Some leaders say now is the time to boost Africa's industrialisation efforts and that capacity building, which is critical to the continent's emergence, will play an essential role in this.

AfDB, Microsoft join forces to create jobs for young Africans through ICT

23-May-2014 - Microsoft has proposed a series of measures to African governments to promote the use of information and communications technology (ICT) among unemployed youth.

For a prosperous Africa in the next half a century, its growth story must go along with peace: Kabagambe

22-May-2014 - Given its remarkable growth in the past decades, Africa has been hailed as the next frontier for opportunity and a potential global growth pole. Political conflicts have declined, economic growth is robust and economic management, governance and political stability have improved.

AfDB, World Bank developing a shared dynamic: Makhtar Diop

22-May-2014 - Africa is at a crossroads. In 50 years, the African Development Bank has become a leading player in development. On the occasion of his participation in the AfDB Annual Meetings in Kigali, World Bank Vice-President Makhtar Diop hailed Africa's strong performance under the leadership of the AfDB over past decades. Diop also praised relations between his institution and the AfDB. "I am happy about the cooperation between the AfDB and the World Bank, in the convergence of our development activities and policies for...

Leadership, development financing spur optimism for Africa’s future: Ncube

19-May-2014 - As Africa transforms under the leadership of the African Development Bank Group, its Chief Economist and Vice-President, Mthuli Ncube, looks at what could make a difference: visionary leadership and pragmatic approaches to policy-making.

Africa’s economic future depends on role of women, says Fraser-Moleketi

19-May-2014 - Africa is at a critical juncture in its development trajectory.

Entretien avec Leon ISAACS, Pdg de DMA : « Il y aura toujours une demande pour les transferts d’argent »

04-Apr-2014 - Leon Isaacs est Pdg de “Developing Markets Associates Limited” (DMA), une entreprise britannique spécialisée dans la mobilisation de fonds dans les pays en développement. Il est reconnu pour son expertise en matière de transferts d’argent. Q. : Lors du G20 de 2011, la communauté internationale avait appelé à une réduction de moitié des frais de transferts d’argent d’ici 2014. Or nous y sommes, et aucune tendance à la baisse ne semble s’esquisser… ?

Entretien avec Mouawia Essekelli, administrateur et DG d’Attijrariwafa bank pour l’Europe : « Les banques doivent innover pour attirer les nouvelles générations de Marocains de l’étranger »

31-Mar-2014 - Diplômé de l’Ecole Centrale de Paris, ce Marocain de 45 ans a suivi une carrière fulgurante, avant de rejoindre Attijariwafa bank en 2005, pour piloter la branche du Groupe dédiée à la clientèle des Marocains de l’étranger. Administrateur, directeur Général d’Attijariwafa bank Europe, la filiale européenne du Groupe, depuis juillet 2008.

World Water Day 2014: Interview with Alex Rugamba, AfDB Director of Energy, Environment and Climate Change

25-Mar-2014 - On the occasion of World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22 and this year focuses on water and energy, Alex Rugamba, Director of the African Development Bank’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, reflects on the importance of energy in Africa’s transformation. In your view, what role does hydropower play in the African Development Bank’s efforts to promote green growth on the continent?

“Indigenous banks have the unique opportunity to tap SME markets,” TunisInvest CEO, Zied Oueslati

28-Feb-2014 - Africa’s private sector has struggled to access financing its needs for sustained growth. In part, the combination of risk management and long term savings, as well as capital flights, contributes to the obstacle.

“In 50 years’ time, I want to see a developed Africa with justice and freedom,” says AfDB Executive Director Shehu Yahaya

24-Feb-2014 - In this interview, African Development Bank (AfDB) Executive Director Shehu Yahaya used the opportunity of the Board of Directors retreat in Tunis (20-21 february 2014), to dwell on the private sector as a strategic tool for Africa’s development.

Dangote to African governments: level the playing field

21-Feb-2014 - Aliko Dangote, President and CEO of the Nigerian Dangote Group, says investments in infrastructure, education, health and agriculture are critical to solving Africa’s development challenges.  He also emphasized that African governments need to set the right policies.

Interview - "The Gender Strategy represents a major milestone for the Bank" - Special Envoy on Gender

24-Jan-2014 - African Development Bank’s Special Envoy on Gender, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, shares perspectives on the institution's Gender Strategy 2014-2018 approved by the Board of Directors in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 January, 2014. Question:

Interview with Patrick Agboma, on phase one of Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program

06-Nov-2013 - What is Agriculture Value Chain “Agricultural value chain entails all the activities from the field to the fork, and encompasses the steps from primary production, processing, storage, transportation, and marketing/export to consumption of commodities.”

AEC 2013 - Interview with Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, Director, Statistics Department, AfDB

31-Oct-2013 - Africa’s transformational agenda will also build on progress made in terms of statistics. How would you assess statistics within the context of the continent’s regional integration?

AEC 2013 - Interview with Moono Mupotola, Division Manager, Regional Integration and Trade at AfDB

30-Oct-2013 - There is a lot to tell about the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) role in Africa’s regional integration. Moono Mupotola, who, for the past four years, has pulled out all stops to deliver on the Bank’s vision in this area, says: “There is a wealth of ideas on how to integrate and boost intra-African trade and there is no need to re-invent the wheel.”

AEC 2013 - Interview with Reda El Merini, Director of Economic Affairs, General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union

29-Oct-2013 - Reda El Merini participated in a think-tank networking session at the African Economic Conference in

AEC 2013 - Interview with Janvier Litse, Director, NEPAD Regional Integration and Trade, AfDB

29-Oct-2013 - Janvier Litse is a veteran of the African Development Bank, having climbed through the ranks and having served in various senior management operational positions, including Acting Vice-President.

AEC 2013 - Interview with Stephen Karangizi, Director and CEO of the African Legal Support Facility

29-Oct-2013 - Stephen Karangizi’s passion and commitment in ensuring continental integration is unquestionable, having contributed to this cause as a lawyer within COMESA’s activities for 15 years prior to joining the AfDB-backed African Legal Support Facility. Interestingly, he has shared perspectives on how African countries should work differently to meet the Bank’s new Regional Integration Strategy. He says a regulatory environment is an important aspect for business environment.

AEC 2013 - Interview with Alex Rugamba, AfDB Director, Energy, Environment and Climate Change

28-Oct-2013 - Alex Rugamba led the African Development Bank’s NEPAD and Regional Integration Department (ONRI) for three years, prior to holding his current position as Director of the AfDB’s Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, was at the forefront of the institution’s Regional Integration Strategy (RIS).

Asaph Nuwagira on the impact of the AfDB’s award-winning community agriculture programme

24-Jul-2013 - On Thursday, July 25, the Community Agricultural Infrastructure Improvement Programme in Uganda was one of two African Development Bank projects to receive awards from the US Treasury Department in Washington, DC.

Projet de la BAD en Côte d’Ivoire primé par le Trésor américain : entretien avec Paul Dougna sur cette action exemplaire

24-Jul-2013 - Au sortir des troubles qu’a traversés la Côte d’Ivoire à l’orée des années 2000, la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) s’est engagée avec force sur le terrain. Objectif : soutenir les efforts de reconstruction du pays, et sa population, éprouvée par des années de conflit, en mettant l’accent sur la prise en charge et la prévention des violences faites aux femmes.

La BAD a dédié 4 milliards de dollars à la finance climatique en 2011 et 2012

17-Jul-2013 - La Tunisienne Hela Cheikhrouhou a été désignée, le 26 juin 2013, première directrice exécutive du nouveau Fonds vert pour le climat (FVC), bientôt opérationnel.

AfDB commits to strengthening dialogue with African Civil Society Organizations

31-May-2013 - “To strengthen the collaboration between the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): issues and options.” This was the theme of a discussion on the role of the Bank and CSOs during the Bank’s Annual Meetings in Marrakech.

Talk With a Bank Agroindustry Expert on Africa’s Structural Transformation

28-May-2013 - As delegates gather in Marrakech for the Bank’s 48th Annual Meetings, some Bank experts have shared their perspectives on Africa’s structural transformation, which is the key topic of the meeting.

Women of the AfDB

08-Mar-2013 - Women make up more than half of the African population. The African Development Bank recognizes this and supports the important role of women on the continent both in the projects and programs it finances, and the contributions of its own female staff. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we pay tribute to a few female Bank staff members, who dedicate their time and energy to the institution and to Africa. It was impossible to do a portrait of each and every one, but here is a selection of a few women...

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Women and Gender

07-Mar-2013 - Question: Your Excellency President Johnson Sirleaf, as the first woman to be elected leader of an African country in modern history and a Nobel Peace Prize-winning advocate for women’s rights, you are a role model for women everywhere. With International Women’s Day on March 8, what is your message today for the youth and women of Africa?

Interview with Frannie Léautier, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)

11-Dec-2012 - The African Development Bank celebrated 25 years of monitoring and evaluation work in early December. Frannie Léautier, current Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), brought her expertise to the Bank as the institution ratified its monitoring and evaluation reforms.

Interview with Mr. Joachim Schwarzer, Director for Germany, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

05-Dec-2012 - Mr. Joachim Schwarzer, Director for Germany, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and head of the EBRD mission to the African Development Bank, discusses the potential for current and future collaboration between the African Development Bank and the EBRD during an official visit to the Bank on Friday, November 30, 2012 in Tunis.

Interview with Mr. Enzo Quattrociocche, Secretary General, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

04-Dec-2012 - Mr. Enzo Quattrociocche, Secretary General, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), discusses the potential for collaboration between the EBRD and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) during a day of meetings between the two multilateral development banks.

“Indeed African Governments Have a Key Role as a Partner to the Bank in Achieving Inclusive Growth” - Mthuli Ncube

05-Apr-2012 - “Some issues linked to inclusive growth, such as voice and accountability are political in nature and need to be handled politically by national governments. However, the Bank Group needs to continue paying more attention to wider access issues linked to its infrastructure and economic development projects and programs. In addition,