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African Development Bank approves EUR 88 million loan to Cameroon to finance COVID-19 response

In Cameroon, the pandemic has revealed the structural weaknesses of the country’s health system and economy

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on Monday approved a EUR 88 million loan to Cameroon as direct budget support to finance the country’s COVID-19 crisis response. The loan, to the country’s COVID-19 Crisis Response Budget Support Programme (PABRC), falls under the framework of the Bank’s…

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African Development Bank COVID-19 response: moving from commitment to action

As of June 12, the Bank’s COVID-19 emergency packages have reached the continent’s five geographic regions

The African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org) has responded swiftly to the needs of its member countries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank’s operations have continued to run smoothly since the first cases appeared in early March, despite the wide range of lockdowns and measures imposed by governments to flatten the…

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Africa cannot go back to ‘business as usual’ when COVID-19 pandemic is over (By Babatunde Omilola)

But it will teach us an important lesson: the need to invest in health infrastructure across the world, and particularly in Africa

By Babatunde Omilola Like every other pandemic that the world has experienced in the past, coronavirus will eventually come to an end. It will be defeated, and life return to normal. But it will teach us an important lesson: the need to invest in health infrastructure across the world, and…

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African Development Bank appoints Mrs. Nafissatou N’diaye Diouf Acting Director for Communications and External Relations

Nafissatou, a Senegalese national, is currently a Division Manager in the Communications and External Relations Department of the African Development Bank Group

The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Nafissatou N’diaye DIOUF as the Acting Director for Communications and External Relations Department (PCER), effective 1 April 2020. Nafissatou, a Senegalese national, is currently a Division Manager in the Communications and External Relations Department of the African Development…

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In Cameroon, new seed varieties help cocoa crops bloom and farmers thrive

A new seed variety called “Brazilian cacao” is now widely in use, providing far better yields to Cameroonian farmers

Antoine Mani Tonye sinks his thumb into the red soil to gauge how deep to plant the next seedling. The Cameroonian cocoa farmer has seen healthy yields and an improvement in his income since he began planting a locally adapted seed variety developed in a laboratory in the capital Yaounde.…

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African Legal Support Facility launches new handbook on sovereign debt at 10th anniversary

The handbook discusses the fundamentals of sovereign debt, including the technical, financial and legal aspects of debt instruments and the markets in which they are traded

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has launched a handbook on sovereign debt aimed at improving users’ understanding of the subject and offering development and implementation strategies and tips to avoid over-indebtedness. The Handbook on Sovereign Debt, produced by the ALSF in collaboration with 11 prominent debt professionals, was officially…

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Zimbabwe: African Development Bank Executive Directors conduct consultative mission, tour project sites

The delegation also met officials from various ministries, civil society, private sector and multilateral financial institutions

A seven-member delegation of Executive Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) visited Zimbabwe on a week-long fact-finding mission where they held meetings with a number of officials including President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The delegation also met officials from various ministries, civil society, private sector and multilateral financial institutions, during…

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African leaders share their vision for an integrated continent

The leaders spoke during a high-level presidential dialogue on day two of the African Development Bank’s 2019 Annual Meetings

Leaders from four African countries on Wednesday shared their vision for an integrated and borderless Africa that would foster economic growth and development. The leaders spoke during a high-level presidential dialogue on day two of the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) 2019 Annual Meetings. The panelists – President Teodoro Obiang Nguema…

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“To integrate Africa, bring down the walls,” Adesina urges at 2019 African Development Bank Annual Meetings Open in Malabo

Adesina urged African governments to work toward the elimination of non-tariff barriers

African leaders on Wednesday underscored the urgent need to fast-track the continent’s regional integration process in order to accelerate Africa’s economic transformation. The call was made at the opening ceremony of the Bank’s 2019 Annual Meetings, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, with the theme: “Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity.” “Apart…

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African Development Bank approves strategy for Central Africa - “crucial for the economic integration of the region”

The Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP) for 2019 – 2025 builds on the lessons learned from the implementation of previous regional development initiatives

The Board of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved the Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper 2019 – 2025, adopting the Bank’s multinational operations in Central Africa over the indicated period. The Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP) for 2019 – 2025 builds on the lessons learned from…