The Asia External Representation of the African Development Bank organized an Africa Day Joint Side Event with the Asian Development Bank Institute, “Sharing the Development Experiences of Africa and Asia for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth”, during the Bank’s 53rd Annual Meetings and the African Development Fund’s 44th Meetings in Busan, Korea.
Inspired by Korea’s successful, rapid industrialization, the World Bank and the African Development Bank have pledged to increase investments in education, in financing for innovative technologies, in science and technology laboratories, and in providing risk guarantees to support initiatives to propel Africa’s industrialization.
Seven of the 10 countries in the world most threatened by climate change are in Africa. African economies are already suffering the devastating effects of climate change, further exacerbating their development challenges. In response, the African Development Bank is leading the way on what may be Africa’s most decisive action to ensure that the continent receives adequate climate finance.
The African Development Bank Director General for East Africa, Gabriel Negatu, and Sudan’s State Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Magdi Yassin, presided over the signing ceremony of a grant agreement (Rural Livelihoods’ Adaptation to Climate Change in the Horn of Africa II) of about US $7 million on May 23, 2018 during the African Development Bank Annual Meetings in Busan, Korea.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) held its 25th Management Board and 9th Governing Council meetings on 20 and 21 May 2018 respectively, on the margins of the 2018 African Development Bank Annual Meetings in Busan, Korea. The members reviewed the 2017 activities of the ALSF and discussed the future plans for the institution.
African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina closed the Bank’s 53rd Annual Meetings in Busan, Republic of Korea. He emphasized that the process of industrializing Africa must be a practical venture that can be achieved with good planning.
The African Development Bank’s Director General for the East African Region, Gabriel Negatu, and Sudan’s State Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Magdi Yassin, presided over the signing ceremony of a US $1-million grant agreement to facilitate Sudan’s access to debt relief and to reintegrate it into the global economy.
Rwanda and Ethiopia have economic development models that can promote the financing of climate resilience and development-led green economies. The two countries’ models were presented at an event on May 25 during the 2018 Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank in Busan, Korea.
At its 2018 Annual Meetings in Busan, Korea, the African Development Bank signed a 5-year, US $3-million Line of Credit (LoC) with Sierra Leone’s Union Trust Bank (UTB), the only indigenous private bank in Sierra Leone and an important provider of finance for indigenous micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The LoC will primarily target local SMEs and women-owned businesses working in agriculture, energy, manufacturing and services, among others.
The African Development Bank Group has established a US $3-million Rockefeller Trust Fund, a joint effort of the Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation to help spur Africa’s transformation.