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Fostering jobs, entrepreneurship, and capacity development for African youth: the time for disruption is now! (by Hanan Morsy)

The 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC) is held in Egypt and hosted by the Bank on the theme; “Jobs, entrepreneurship and capacity development for African youth"

by Hanan Morsy “There is no greater asset to Africa than its youth,” a statement that has been repeatedly proclaimed, but the continent still has a long way to go. Despite robust economic growth over the past two decades, a 1 percent increase in growth between 2000–14 was associated with…

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“Women are an excellent investment”: finance leaders call for increased support for in women in business

In Africa, 70% of women are excluded financially and there is a $42 billion financing gap between men and women

Leaders from multilateral development banks, financial institutions and the private sector called on peers to dispel myths about women being too “high risk” for financing - and to offer more financial services for women in business to close the gender finance gap. “We know that women are a good bet.…

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Africa Investment Forum 2019: Unveiling the Boardroom: $67.6 billion dollars of deals tabled, $40.1 billion investor interest secured

Africa is winning…Africa is bankable- African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina

It was deals that brought participants to the 2019 Africa Investment Forum and they were not disappointed. The second Forum ended on a high note Wednesday, with 56 boardroom deals valued at $67.6 billion tabled - a 44% increase from last year. Fifty-two deals worth $40.1 billion secured investor interest…

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African Development Bank Group becomes a shareholder in Africa Finance Corporation

The Bank Group’s investment in Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) will enable both institutions to accelerate infrastructure development and delivery on the continent

Shareholding follows investment of $50 million in AFC’s equity by Bank Group; African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org) becomes second investment-grade Supranational Finance Institution to join and invest in AFC. Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading infrastructure solutions provider in Africa, today announces that the African Development Bank Group, Africa’s highest investment-grade…

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African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina’s take on the landmark signing

African Development Bank, Credit Suisse, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Ghana Cocoa Board ink $600 million loan agreement to boost cocoa product

This is a phenomenal event, the result of hard work of everybody to make this happen. I want to thank the leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo for making sure that his country and Africa can get to the top of the value chain in processing cocoa into a wide range…

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African Development Bank, Credit Suisse, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Ghana Cocoa Board Ink $600 Million Loan Agreement to Boost Cocoa Production

The multi-million dollar agreement is a milestone for the Bank-convened Africa Investment Forum

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 (https://www.AfDB.org). The African Development Bank, Credit Suisse AG, the Industrial and…

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2019 Africa Visa Openness Index: African Union Commission, African Development Bank report shows wins in visa restrictions across Africa

This fourth edition of the Index shows that 47 countries improved or maintained their visa openness scores in 2019

For the first time, on average, Africans can travel to approximately 27 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival; Ethiopia moves up a record 32 places on the Index, entering the top 20 most visa-open countries in Africa. Dowload report: https://bit.ly/2rwlzQ9 For the first time, African travellers have liberal access…

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2019 Africa Investment Forum Kicks Off Delivering on the Promise to Redefine and Unpack the Continent’s Investment Opportunities

The 2019 Africa Investment Forum opened on Monday living up to its promise to move from commitment to action

$500 million equity closed for the Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund to speed up investments in agriculture; Financial close for the Africa Guarantee Fund $175 Equity transaction to support Small and Medium Size Enterprises, and $350 million for South Africa’s beef agro-processing project. The 2019 Africa Investment Forum opened on Monday…

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World Food Prize and World Hunger Fighters Foundation Launch Fellowship for Young African Agribusiness Innovators

The World Hunger Fighters Foundation will award annual Borlaug-Adesina Fellowships to young Africans

The World Food Prize Foundation and the newly launched World Hunger Fighters Foundation are partnering to provide year-long fellowships for young African food innovators and entrepreneurs.  The World Hunger Fighters Foundation will award annual Borlaug-Adesina Fellowships to young Africans to develop new technologies, champion public policy, and develop viable businesses…

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First WATT Renewables winners of Renewable Energy Forum 2019 co-organized by the African Development Bank

The company, based in Canada, is a private sector clean-energy technology producer and supplier of sustainable energy solutions

First WATT Renewables were winners of the 4th West African Forum for Climate and Clean Energy Financing (WAFCCEF) contest, held on Thursday 26 September in Abidjan and co-organized by the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org). The company, based in Canada, is a private sector clean-energy technology producer and supplier of sustainable…