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Regional Integration as a Tool for Wealth Creation in Africa (By Khaled Sherif)

There is a need to focus on fundamentals: producing more of what Africa consumes, and consuming more of what Africa produces

The COVID-19 pandemic and its health and economic impacts has forced a global rethink of the current multilateral framework and what it means for the future. For Africa, COVID-19 has served as a wake-up call in many ways. The mitigation measures that were put in place by most countries, globally,…

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After COVID-19, will Africa Catch Up, Stand Still or Fall Further Behind? (By Professor Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka)

With this crisis comes an economic disruption of unprecedented proportion

At one time or another, nations and individuals confront crisis points – moments of existential challenge that also open up new possibilities. African countries, at just such a crisis point as a result of the novel coronavirus, face three possible outcomes post-pandemic: play catch-up, stand still or fall even further…

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Rwanda: African Development Bank commits $98 million for multisector COVID-19 response

The funding will take the form of an African Development Fund loan, which the Bank is providing the under its COVID-19 Response Facility

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on Thursday approved a concessional loan of $97.675 million to Rwanda to strengthen its national budget as it works to mitigate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will take the form of an African Development Fund loan, which the Bank is providing the under…

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Africa’s agriculture value chains must go digital to transform production - webinar

It explored digital responses that can be quickly deployed to address the disruptions to food systems, caused by COVID-19

Africa must seize the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic to deepen the digitalization of agricultural value chains and transform the sector, speakers at a webinar jointly hosted by the FAO Investment Centre and the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) said. The webinar, held on 10 June, is the first of a…

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Africa Regional Integration Index underlines integration as key to building more resilient economies

The 2019 Index, which builds on the first edition published in 2016, provides up-to-date data on the status and progress of regional integration in Africa

The second Africa Regional Integration Index (ARII 2019) was launched Friday by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and the African Union Commission (AUC), with a call to action to African economies to deepen their integration. The 2019 Index, which builds on the first edition…

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Retool annual budgets toward agriculture production and expand food reserves, as COVID-19 exacerbates food scarcity, urges African Development Institute seminar

Africa must now, more than ever, develop and implement policies to enhance capacity to compete in the agriculture sector, processing, trade and industry

African countries need to urgently expand food reserves, keep food supply flowing and boost their agriculture budgets to avert a possible hunger pandemic, partly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, delegates at a two-day webinar hosted by the African Development Institute (ADI) urged on Tuesday. Africa must now, more than ever,…

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Mitigating COVID-19’s impact on Africa’s food systems (By Atsuko Toda and Martin Fregene)

The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fueling anxiety about negative economic growth, failing healthcare and collapsing food systems

By Atsuko Toda and Martin Fregene We are facing great uncertainty on the African continent. The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fueling anxiety about negative economic growth, failing healthcare and collapsing food systems. We are already grappling with a locust outbreak…

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‘Agriculture is the most important business in the world,’ African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina tells students

The Bank head pledged to continue the work of transforming Nigeria’s agriculture sector

African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina reminded students of the important role they have to play in the continent’s economic development, as he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in his homeland. The Doctorate of Science was awarded by the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria, on Tuesday,…

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‘Let West Africa’s success echo throughout the world.’ Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) hails the success of African Development Bank investments in the region

The region’s economy is showing positive achievements, reaching 3.3 percent growth in 2019

The African Development Bank’s investments in West Africa are yielding remarkable results, the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, said in Abuja on Saturday. He was speaking at the bloc’s fifty-sixth ordinary session, attended by regional heads of state and government. Brou said…

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African Development Bank wins prestigious procurement award

The first multilateral development bank achieving CIPS Procurement Excellence - silver award

The African Development Bank (http://www.AfDB.org) has been recognised for procurement excellence by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the world’s largest professional body for procurement and supply management professionals, with offices all over the world including Africa. The Bank was awarded a silver award at advanced standard level…