AfDB commits $10 billion to Africa’s coronavirus response

AfDB commits $10 billion to Africa’s coronavirus response

The African Development Bank Group on Wednesday announced the creation of a US$10 billion COVID-19 response package to assist regional member countries in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The bank, based in Abidjan, says this is the latest measure to support the pandemic response and will be the institution’s primary channel…

Rising African entrepreneurs want more influence on policy

Monique Ntumngia of Cameroon had a strong piece of advice for young women entrepreneurs striving for success: “Bring your chairs to the table, as nobody will do it for you.” Ntumngia, speaking this week at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh, added that “youths in Africa are…

AfDB’s Adesina delivers keynote at TICAD7 session in Japan

Akinwumi Adesina, president for African Development Bank Group, delivered a keynote address Wednesday as the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) kicked off with its emphasis on climate change and hunger. “In spite of all the gains made in agriculture, we are not winning the global war against…

Angola joins investment-focused Lusophone Compact

Angola is the latest of Africa’s Portuguese-speaking nations to sign on to the Lusophone Compact, which seeks to boost private-sector development in partnership with Portugal and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The compact is an initiative that links the six Portuguese-speaking nations – Angola, Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique,…

Equatorial Guinea set to host AfDB annual meeting

Equatorial Guinea is set to host the African Development Bank’s annual meeting, which begins Tuesday in Malabo and runs through the week. “Equatorial Guinea is one of the most developed countries in Africa, but not many people know that,” said Vincent Nmehielle, the secretary general for AfDB, at a press…

Nearly $62 million is headed to Africa to support women in business

Nearly USD$62 million for women in business is headed to the African continent, after the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) announced on Monday its funding allocation for the African Development Bank and its own women-focused programs. The funding through AfDB’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) will be…

AfDB investment forum highlights Africa-2-Africa investment

The Africa Investment Forum ended Friday with some 45 deals worth over US$32 billion set in motion with secured investment interest, and a promising emphasis in the continent’s Lusaphone nations. More than 1,000 delegates attended the three-day event in Johannesburg, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). South Africa, Germany…

Ramaphosa addresses G20 Africa summit hosted by Merkel

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa was among leaders, including host German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered keynote addresses to the G20 Investment Summit in Berlin on Tuesday. Ramaphosa praised the success to date of the G20’s Compact with Africa program, which was launched last year in Hamburg. Since then,…

Green Climate Fund boosts 3 new projects in Africa

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved USD$110 million in funding for three proposals from the African Development Bank (AfDB), including a mini-grid project for Democratic Republic of Congo. The AfDB will match $21 million in GCF loan and grant funding to build three pilot solar PV plants and the battery…

Japan commits USD$700 million to African Development Fund

In a first for Japan, the country’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a new loan agreement with the African Development Fund to provide USD$700.9 million to address poverty and support economic growth. “We hope the loans and grants will be used effectively to improve economic and social conditions of…