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    • African Development Bank’s “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation” initiative wins National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award
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African Development Bank’s “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation” initiative wins National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award

The National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence award is the third international communications recognition for the Bank’s TAAT initiative

America’s largest organization of journalists and media professionals of color has named the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) a “Salute to Excellence” award winner for the Bank’s communication around its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation program. The National Association of Black Journalists cited the Bank’s excellence in online media relations and…

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African Development Bank appoints Dr. Alex Mubiru as Director General, Cabinet Office

Mubiru has been Acting Director General in the Cabinet Office of the President since December 2021 and Director of Strategy and Delivery, in the same office

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has appointed Dr. Alex Mubiru as Director General in the Cabinet Office of the Bank Group’s President, with effect from 16 August 2022. Dr. Mubiru, a Ugandan national, brings close to 25 years of experience to the position, with a proven track record in the…

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    • In Benin, the Ouémé Valley is recording a surplus of agricultural food production (rice, maize), thanks to a project supported by the African Development Bank.
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Residents of Benin’s Ouémé Valley Increase Their Incomes, Thanks to an African Development Fund Project

The project, expected to close in December 2022, received $74.83 million in co-funding from the African Development Bank Group's concessional arm, the African Development Fund

Following its launch in Benin in 2013, the Ouémé Valley Rural Infrastructure Support Project (https://bit.ly/3bnewkj) successfully improved the incomes of local populations. Rice farmers in the region now earn $361.47 a year, surpassing the target of $221.99. The project, expected to close in December 2022, received $74.83 million in co-funding from…

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African Development Bank Group appoints Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade as Acting Vice President for Regional Development, Integration and Service Delivery

Akin-Olugbade, a Cameroonian national, is currently the Director General of the Business Development and Delivery Office for the West Africa Region of the Bank Group

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has appointed Mrs. Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, née Ndongo-Seh, as Acting Vice-President of its Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex, with effect from 1st August 2022. Akin-Olugbade, a Cameroonian national, is currently the Director General of the Business Development and Delivery Office for the West Africa…

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    • From right to left, Joseph Ribeiro, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank for West Africa, Yéo Nahoua, Chief of Staff to the Ivorian Minister of Planning and Development, Siélé Silué, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister with responsibility for projects co-financed by technical and financial partners
    • Bank experts, Ivorian government representatives and other stakeholders came together for a workshop to discuss achievements of the Bank portfolio in 2022 and the plan for 2023-2027
    • Family photo of Bank experts, Ivorian government representatives, technical partners of Côte d'Ivoire, private sector and civil society representatives at the July 22 summing-up workshop for the four consultation days
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African Development Bank and Côte d'Ivoire start Preliminary Discussions for 2023-2027 Strategy

The discussions focused on the first version of the country diagnostic note, prepared by the Bank for Côte d'Ivoire, and the completion report of the Bank's 2018-2022 Country Strategy Paper (CSP)

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and the government of Côte d'Ivoire initiated a preliminary dialogue in Abidjan on July 18-22, 2022, to lay the foundations for the Bank's strategy in Côte d'Ivoire over the next five years. Led by the Bank's Deputy Managing Director for West Africa, Joseph Ribeiro, the…

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    • African Development Bank’s acting Chief Economist, Kevin Urama (second left) and other panelists at a seminar on the African Economic Outlook 2022, hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. 27 July 2022.
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Atlantic Council Panel on 2022 African Economic Outlook Pushes for ‘Africa agenda’ at COP 27

In a presentation on the report, Acting Chief Economist Urama called for policy coordination and a more holistic approach to tackling climate change

Africa deserves the highest priority attention at the United Nations climate conference, COP 27 to be held in November this year,  panel members discussing the African Development Bank’s  (www.AfDB.org) African Economic Outlook 2022 (https://bit.ly/2Z1dRwt)  in an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, said on Wednesday. A team from the  African…

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    • African Development Bank, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, Sign $11 Million Institutional Support Grant Agreement
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African Development Bank, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, Sign $11 Million Institutional Support Grant Agreement

The signing took place on 25 July 2022, on the margins of the ninth meeting of the AfCFTA Council of Ministers responsible for trade, held in Accra, Ghana

The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) and the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) have signed a Protocol of Agreement for an $11.24 million support package to enhance the Secretariat’s effective implementation. The signing took place on 25 July 2022, on the margins of the ninth meeting…

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    • U.S. National Bar Association Honors Akinwumi Adesina with Distinguished Ronald Harmon Brown Award of International Distinction
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U.S. National Bar Association Honors Akinwumi Adesina with Distinguished Ronald Harmon Brown Award of International Distinction

The award is named in honor of Ron Brown, the first African American to Chair a major U.S. political party, and the first African American to be appointed Commerce Secretary

African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, was honored with the distinguished Ronald Harmon Brown Award of International Distinction, by the National Bar Association, in the United States. The award is named in honor of Ron Brown, the first African American to Chair a major U.S. political party, and…

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African Development Bank and African Guarantee Fund Launch Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) Finance Series in Collaboration with Tanzania Bankers’ Association

The opening day on Tuesday 26 July 2022 drew over 200 representatives from banks and other financial institutions, governments, policymakers, and entrepreneurs in Tanzania

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative kicked off the first AFAWA Finance Series in collaboration with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) and the Tanzania Bankers’ Association this week in Dar es Salaam. The opening day on Tuesday 26 July 2022 drew over…

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    • Jules Ngankam, CEO of AGF Group (left), Abdulmajid Nsekela, CEO of CRDB, and Nnenna Nwabufo, African Development Bank’s Director General for East Africa, holding copies of the signed agreements.
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African Development Bank and African Guarantee Fund Sign $110 Million Agreement with Tanzania’s CRDB Bank to Boost Access to Finance by Women’s SMEs

The African Development Bank’s Nnenna Nwabufo stated that the partnership would, as CRDB expands, enable SMEs to access finance in the region

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) signed a $60 million financial package comprising $50 million subordinated debt to support CRDB Bank’s regional expansion efforts and a senior loan of $10 million to accelerate access to finance for small businesses managed and owned by women in Tanzania. The facility is coupled with…