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African Development Bank, Portugal and Cabo Verde sign compact to accelerate diversification, private sector development

It provides risk mitigation, investment products and technical assistance to accelerate private sector development in Lusophone African countries

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and the governments of Cabo Verde and Portugal have signed a country specific memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the Lusophone Compact, which aims to accelerate private sector development in Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa. The signing took place on Sal Island on 1 July,…

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African Development Bank hosts masterclass on women’s skills in business development

The masterclasses are jointly conducted by the African Development Bank Group and Entreprenarium

The fourth Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA)/Entreprenarium masterclass began Monday in Pretoria, South Africa, aimed at improving women’s skills in business development and financial management. 40 business women, who came through an online application process, will attend the two-day masterclass, which will cover financial planning, lean start-up…

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African Development Bank, Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) and the German Cooperation (BMZ/GIZ) host International Workshop on Africa’s Trade Finance Market

The workshop, themed: “The Consolidation of International Correspondent Banking Relationships in Africa,” was attended by representatives of the main correspondent banks operating in Africa

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) (www.MFW4A.org) and the German Cooperation (BMZ/GIZ) held a two-day international workshop in Frankfurt, Germany, to improve participants’ understanding of trade financing in Africa. The workshop, themed: “The Consolidation of International Correspondent Banking Relationships in Africa,” was attended by representatives…

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Switzerland gives 3.2 million Swiss francs to African Development Bank’s ‘Boost Africa’ E-Lab and urban development fund

‘Boost Africa’ was launched in partnership with the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank to enhance entrepreneurship and innovation across Africa

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of the Government of the Swiss Confederation (SECO) and the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on Thursday signed two agreements to fund African initiatives on the sidelines of the Bank’s 2019 Annual Meetings. SECO contributed 3 million Swiss francs to the Entrepreneurship Lab (E-Lab) for…

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Côte d’Ivoire: Government seeks Bank’s support for $5.8 bln tourism plan

The document entitled "Sublime Côte d’Ivoire", was presented to the Bank’s Vice-President responsible for Private sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, Pierre Guislain, at the headquarters in Abidjan

Ivorian Minister of Tourism Siandou Fofana on 25 April 2019 presented a strategy document aimed at making Côte d’Ivoire Africa’s fifth biggest tourism destination from 2025 to the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) , and sought its support to implement the plan. The document entitled "Sublime Côte d’Ivoire", was presented to…

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Nigeria: Investors say African Development Bank’s Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones will drive agricultural revolution

SAPZs are designed to concentrate agro-processing activities within areas of high agricultural potential in order to increase productivity and competitiveness

Senior Nigerian government officials and key investors have endorsed the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) initiative, describing it as a pathway to Africa’s agricultural revolution. SAPZs are designed to concentrate agro-processing activities within areas of high agricultural potential in order to increase productivity and competitiveness. The…

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We-Fi Regional Summit Calls for Urgent Public and Private Sector Action to Support Women Entrepreneurs in West Africa

The Summit concluded with a joint Call to Action

Heads of state, ministers, leaders of multilateral development banks, private sector executives, women entrepreneurs, and contributing governments of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) convened today at the first We-Fi Regional Summit to discuss concrete ways to strengthen support for women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in West Africa. Attended…

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Agriculture Fast Track Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana and seven other African countries

The Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) is managed by the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department of the African Development Bank

Who: The African Development Bank What: Launch of 17 new grant projects funded by the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) (https://bit.ly/2P94vrr) Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2019, from 9:00 – 11:00am Venue: African Development Bank, Ghana Country Office, Ridge, Accra. The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) will launch 17 new grant projects…

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“Coding must be compulsory, at all levels. The currency of the future is going to be coding…We must democratize technology,” Adesina tells Mo Ibrahim Governance Week

Information technology must not be the exclusive privilege of the elite

African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) President Adesina, on Friday, pleaded for Africans to embrace technology, and governments to urgently move away from “investing in the jobs of the past, but rather in the jobs of the future. A future that is just around the corner.” Adesina was addressing a debateentitled: The New…

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The African Development Bank and Sophia University in Japan sign memorandum of understanding (MOU) to build capacity

Sophia University, a leading private Jesuit university with a student population of 14,000 (2018), is one of many in the country that host the Japan-Africa Scholarship

The African Development Bank (AfDB.org) and Sophia University in Japan, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote capacity development within the two institutions for their mutual benefit and the entire African continent. The agreement was signed Friday at the Bank’s Abidjan headquarters. “It is our sincere wish that this…