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Uganda tops African countries with well-developed electricity regulatory frameworks - ERI 2020 report

The third edition of the ERI report was launched during the Digital Energy Festival of the Africa Energy Forum, on 5 November 2020

Uganda has for the third time in a row emerged as the top performer in this year’s Electricity Regulatory Index Report published by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org). The East African country, along with Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya, the other top performers, have regulators with the authority to exert…

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African Development Bank, Africa Investment Forum Founding partners, announce postponement of the Africa Investment Forum to 2021

The annual three-day investment marketplace was initially scheduled for November 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) and the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) founding partners have approved the postponement of the 2020 Africa Investment Forum to 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The annual three-day investment marketplace was initially scheduled for November 2020 in Johannesburg,…

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Dissecting Africa’s Covid-19 response in the extractives sector: diversification, enhancing local content, offer solutions

Several economies in Africa are sustained by the extractive industry, with most national budgets dependent on mining and petroleum exports

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) African Natural Resources Centre (ANRC) and the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) hosted a dialogue on responses by governments and the industry to the COVID-19 pandemic in the extractive sector, focusing on South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. The session, held 21 October and moderated by ALSF Director…

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African Development Bank’s second virtual business opportunities seminar of 2020, draws 250 global partners and suppliers

During the seminars, participants are informed about the Bank’s strategy for supporting economic growth, its priority areas and rules and procedures for project and corporate procurement

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) hosted its second virtual business opportunities seminar in 2020 (BOS) on 13 and 14 October. The BOS offers a one-stop shop for individuals and consulting firms, civil contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and diplomatic commercial attachés from the Bank Group’s regional and non-regional members seeking to provide…

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Supporting Public Private Partnerships in Africa: African Development Bank ready to scale up

The African Development Bank estimates Africa’s infrastructure financing needs at up to $170 billion a year by 2025

Representatives of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), governments, Development Finance Institutions, the private sector and  professional associations joined a September 8 workshop to discuss how the Bank can strengthen support for Public Private Partnerships and channel greater investment toward economic and social infrastructure. The event, titled Designing the African Development…

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African Development Bank approves $27.33 million to ramp up the African Union’s COVID-19 Response Initiative

The approval follows a meeting of the extended Bureau of the Conference of Heads of State and Government with Africa’s private sector on 22 April 2020

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors (www.AfDB.org) on Wednesday approved $27.33 million in grants to boost the African Union’s (AU) efforts to mobilize a continental response to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. The approval follows a meeting of the extended Bureau of the Conference of Heads of State and Government…

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Opening Speech by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of The African Development Bank at The 2020 Annual Meetings of The African Development Bank Group

The Bank launched a $10 billion COVID-19 Response Facility to support African countries

Your Excellency, President Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire,   • Honorable Minister Niale Kaba, Chairperson of the Board of Governors  • Honorable Governors  • Members of the Board of Directors  • Senior management and staff of the Bank  • Ladies and Gentlemen   1. Good morning and welcome…

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African Union Commission inaugurates African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) permanent secretariat as launchpad for Africa’s economic transformation

The African Development Bank Group provided a $5 million institutional support grant to the AU towards the establishment of the AfCFTA secretariat

At a ceremony on Monday to commission the permanent secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the AU Commission, reiterated the importance of the body to the continent’s economic transformation agenda. “The economic integration of Africa will lay…

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Road to Annual Meetings: South African villagers find fresh water in ancient mountain springs

After undertaking a cost analysis of equipment to supply water from springs to village, community members pooled funds to buy it, and set up their water scheme

The village of Tsakhuma in the Vhembe district of South Africa’s Limpopo region is proof positive that communities can find solutions to their problems. Like many rural areas in South Africa, Tsakhuma lacked access to water for bathing, cooking, washing and chores, and the burden of fetching water fell on…

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African Development Bank Regional Economic Outlook 2020: COVID-19 response and economic diversification crucial to growth recovery in Southern Africa, the most affected region

Impact of COVID-19 in South Africa projected to affect rest of Southern African economies

Report recommends inclusive, broad-based and pro-poor policies to address inequality and reduce poverty rates; Impact of COVID-19 in South Africa projected to affect rest of Southern African economies. A higher level of preparedness is urgently needed to prevent and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in Southern Africa, including additional resources for…