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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,...

Visual and graphic representation of sessions held at the 2019 Africa Investment Forum

13-Nov-2019 - Around 2000 delegates attended the innovative investment marketplace which brought together heads of state, project sponsors, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and institutional investors to move projects from commitment to action.

Toilets in schools matter – how African Development Bank is making a difference

13-Nov-2019 - At 14, Mercy Kamanga dropped out of school at Standard eight in St Paul’s Primary School in Mzimba, Malawi, due to a lack of suitable sanitation facilities. “The toilets at our school were very few, small, dilapidated and didn’t have doors; only a piece of cloth covered the entrance. Our male colleagues often rushed to nearby bushes to help themselves. It was not easy for us the girls,” recalled Mercy.

Raising capital to finance development – the Bank as innovator and catalyst

13-Nov-2019 - In many ways, Africa needs trade and investment even more than it needs development aid. This is reflected by the African Development Bank’s commitment to explore all the possible options of mobilising domestic resources.

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 Investment Forum 2019 : la République démocratique du Congo et la République du Congo signent un accord pour accélérer le projet de pont route-rail reliant leurs capitales

13-Nov-2019 - La République démocratique du Congo et la République du Congo ont signé, hier, dans le cadre de l’Africa Investment Forum à Johannesburg, un accord interétatique visant à accélérer la construction du pont reliant leurs capitales, Brazzaville et Kinshasa.

African Development Bank Group becomes a shareholder in Africa Finance Corporation

13-Nov-2019 - 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. The Bank Group’s investment in AFC will enable both institutions to accelerate infrastructure development and delivery on the continent by deepening co-financing opportunities, joint implementation, knowledge transfer and capacity development for the...

The Africa Investment Forum: an accelerator for Africa’s agricultural transformation

12-Nov-2019 - This week, business leaders, project developers, development finance professionals, institutional investors representing pension and sovereign wealth funds, as well as policymakers meet in Johannesburg for the second Africa Investment Forum convened by the African Development Bank.

2019 Africa Investment Forum: historic signing of high-speed railway construction concession agreement for Ghana, with the support of the African Development Bank

12-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank has thrown its weight behind a concession agreement for the construction of a high-speed railway in Accra, Ghana’s capital. The signing took place on the opening day of the second Africa Investment Forum, running from Monday to Wednesday in Johannesburg. “It’s a great day for Ghana!” said Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. “I was here last year and I’m back this year to make sure the project moves forward. This proves how important the Africa Investment Forum is. The signing of this agreement is on track to...

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. 

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Billion dollar boost for African female entrepreneurs

12-Nov-2019 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced a $1.1 billion lending programme to help women entrepreneurs on the continent. EIB Vice President, Ambroise Fayolle, also revealed that the bank has signed three further agreements to boost sustainable development on the continent. But the major deal is what the EIB has dubbed SheInvest. The EIB expects the gender-lending initiative to allow women to play a more active role in economies.

2019 Africa Investment Forum: Achieving an African economy four times bigger with only a 50% increase in energy demand

12-Nov-2019 - Africa has the potential to expand the continental economy fourfold, with energy demands expanding by only 50 percent, according to a new report. The International Energy Agency (IEA) unveiled its report on the first day of the second African Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Reinventing ways of acting and thinking for more efficient projects

12-Nov-2019 - Greater donor mobilization is needed to support the project preparation process that is so strategic for investment on the continent." These are the words of Patricia de Lille, South Africa’s Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure. She was part of the "Building early stage pipeline" panel discussion held at the Africa Investment Forum 2019 in Johannesburg, the economic capital of South Africa.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: African Development Bank U.S. International Development Finance Corporation team up to mobilise private capital for Africa’s development

12-Nov-2019 - The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the African Development Bank Group, today signed an agreement to mobilize private capital in support of development in Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. Adam Boehler, DFC Chief Executive Officer said the multitude of urgent development challenges—from infrastructure development to financial inclusion and food security required collaboration with like-minded partners.

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...

AIF 2019 : « forger un récit proprement africain sur l’Afrique pour changer le regard des investisseurs sur le continent », selon un panel d’économistes

12-Nov-2019 - En marge de la 2ème édition de l’Africa Investment Forum (AIF) qui se tient du 11 au 13 novembre à Johannesburg, des économistes ont invité les Africains à se réapproprier le récit de leur propre histoire s’ils veulent améliorer le regard des investisseurs sur leur continent.