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"High Five Priorities for Africa " 28th Aug 2017

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Togo: Rural electrification programme gets $975,000 funding Backed by the African Development Bank, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa has approved the release of a $975,000 subsidy for the CIZO scheme, which aims to distribute PayGo solar kits to the people of Togo. Payment for the equipment will be made via mobile. The programme also aims to lay the foundations for more significant investments in the power sector, to benefit rural areas
AFDB rings the drums for SADC The African Development Bank is ready to be at the forefront of SADC's quest for industrialisation and has urged the region to resist any shocks such as that of global commodity prices. AfDB's president Akinwumi Adesina said there was a need to turn the downtrends around. At the top of this, he said, is electricity, which is why the AfDB is investing heavily in the power sector
The role of the African Development Bank The AfDB supports African countries in implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions that they have adopted in the context of the Paris Agreement. It also facilitates their access to global climate finance. The Bank has committed to allocating 40 % of its annual funding to climate-related measures. Moreover, $ 12 billion of the AfDB's own resources will be invested in the energy sector. The AfDB is also establishing the Africa Regional NDC Hub
Lesotho: M9M Solar Project for Lesotho Power generation in Lesotho is set for a major boost after the African Development Bank approved a US$ 695 500 grant towards the development of 20 megawatt solar Photo Voltaic plant, the first utility-scale solar PV project in the country. NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of OnePower Lesotho, was recently awarded the multi-million maloti grant towards the development of the plant which is expected to feed at least 13 percent of the country's electric power demands into the national grid in the district of Mafeteng
AfDB debars Chinese company for false bidding in Uganda road project After Chongqing International Construction Corporation was found to be involved in a fraudulent practice in bidding for contracts in an AfDB-financed road project in Uganda, the bank imposed debarment on the company for 12 months
AfDB decentralizes operation The African Development Bank has opened a regional development and business delivery office in Pretoria, South Africa, which will be responsible for the institution's operations in the Southern Africa region. The office will also serve 12 other countries including Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar and Zambia as well as the Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat. AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina said the development was part of a drive to move the bank's operations closer to its clients so as to improve delivery
Light up and Power Africa
Lesotho: M9M Solar Project for Lesotho
Power generation in Lesotho is set for a major boost after the African Development Bank approved a US$ 695 500 grant towards the development of 20 megawatt solar Photo Voltaic plant, the first utility-scale solar PV project in the country. NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of OnePower Lesotho, was recently awarded the multi-million maloti grant towards the development of the plant which is expected to feed at least 13 percent of the country's electric power demands into the national grid in the district of Mafeteng
Togo: Rural electrification programme gets $975,000 funding
Backed by the African Development Bank, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa has approved the release of a $975,000 subsidy for the CIZO scheme, which aims to distribute PayGo solar kits to the people of Togo. Payment for the equipment will be made via mobile. The programme also aims to lay the foundations for more significant investments in the power sector, to benefit rural areas
Africa: Negatu - AfDB Is Investing in a New Initiative to Power Africa By 2025
Gabriel Negatu, The African Development Bank regional director-general spoke to The East African's Allan Olingo on how the region will benefit from the Japan-Africa Energy Initiative to support the New Deal on Energy for Africa. The AfDB will take the lead in project development in consultation with regional member countries but within the initiative's guidelines
AfDB president highlights importance of electricity
AfDB's Adesina has warned that structural problems continue to hamper Africa's growth. `At the top of the list is electricity, Africa cannot develop in the dark,` he said, pointing to $12bn being invested over the next five years in energy, to leverage a further $45-50bn from the private sector and other sources. The bank has also led a loan syndication of $965m for South Africa's Eskom electricity provider, to support development of 13,000mw of power generation capacity
Uganda signs MOU to export electricity to DRC
Over 220kilo volts of electricity will be exported to the DRC in an African Development Bank funded project. The details of the project, contained in an MOU that NTV has obtained indicate that a 352km stretch of electricity lines will stretch from Kasese towards Butembo in DRC and along the way powering Bunia and Beni towns.
Company raises $2billion for 20,000mw expansion
The Transmission Company of Nigeria has secured about $2 billion for the expansion of its transmission capacities up to 20,000 megawatts within the next three years. The fund is also earmarked to help in the rehabilitation of the country's national grid infrastructure. The fund for expansion was raised from the World Bank, African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Japanese Agency for International Cooperation and the European Union
Feed Africa
$35 billion food importation into Africa
Hope for the future of investment in African agriculture was raised by the incumbent President of African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina who committed that, within the next ten years, AfDB would invest USD24 billion in agriculture business across Africa. If properly invested and managed, that sum should bring some improvement to the continent's agricultural value chain which in turn, will aid reduction in food imports
‘Our mission is to make agriculture attractive’
Kabir Ibrahim is the Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture. In this interview, he shares the vision of the bank and ongoing plans to recapitalize it and the newly created credit facilities designed to support rural farmers and youths interested in agribusiness. He points out to his collaboration with the African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Islamic Development Bank, Rabo Bank among others
Nigeria will exit recession through agriculture – Osinbajo
Speaking at the inauguration of the multi-billion naira Agro Green House Farm constructed by the Governor Darius Ishaku administration, vice president Obasanjo stated that agriculture has the potential to permanently take Nigeria out of economic recession. He also inaugurated the water project executed by the African Development Bank in partnership with Taraba State Government
DRC: AU launches pilot project to address agriculture-related land governances issues
The Land Policy Initiative, in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the European Union, have launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo a pilot project to mainstream land governance challenges in agriculture. LPI is a joint tripartite consortium comprised of the Africa Union Commission, African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Government bans fish importation
The government of Zambia has said that despite the fish deficit in the country, it will not allow importation of fish species that are found in Zambia. Fisheries and Livestock Minister Michael Katambo said measures had been put in place to ensure that the country ventured into fish production on a large scale, and that the government was targeting 12,000 youths and women to venture in fish farming following the US$50 million from the African Development Bank that was secured a few months ago
Tanzania: Bank Allocates Fund to Irrigation Projects
Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank pledged to allocate fund to support irrigation farming to facilitate attainment of sustainable food self-sufficiency. Mr Assenga said that his bank would use the recently received 209 billion from African Development Bank to support the government's efforts in promoting and supporting the transformation of agriculture
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AfDB Expels Chongqing International Over Fraud
The African Development Bank Group announced the debarment of Chongqing International Construction Corporation for a minimum period of twelve months. An investigation conducted by the AfDB's Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that CICO engaged in a fraudulent practice in bidding for works contracts in the context of an AfDB-financed road project in Uganda: CICO inflated its purported experience with similar projects, grossly overstating both the scope and the value of contracts it had supposedly successfully completed in the past
AfDB debars Chinese company for false bidding in Uganda road project
After Chongqing International Construction Corporation was found to be involved in a fraudulent practice in bidding for contracts in an AfDB-financed road project in Uganda, the bank imposed debarment on the company for 12 months
AfDB blacklists Chinese construction company
The African Development Bank has blacklisted China's Chonqing International Construction Company Corporation over fraudulent practice in its operations for a minimum of 13 months. The move follows an investigation conducted by the AfDB's Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption, which established that Chonqing engaged in a fraudulent practice in bidding for works contracts in the context of an AfDB finances prad project in Uganda
Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region
Emphasis is being given to the adoption and implementation of the 'SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap' which outlines how the region could move from a commodity-driven growth path to one of value addition, knowledge and industrialisation. The roadmap sets out three potential growth paths - agroprocessing, mineral beneficiation and downstream processing, and service-driven value chains
AFDB rings the drums for SADC
The African Development Bank is ready to be at the forefront of SADC's quest for industrialisation and has urged the region to resist any shocks such as that of global commodity prices. AfDB's president Akinwumi Adesina said there was a need to turn the downtrends around. At the top of this, he said, is electricity, which is why the AfDB is investing heavily in the power sector
Funding African investments : Afreximbank issues $300m depository receipts
African Export-Import Bank has floated a $300 million Depository Receipts, coming as equities investments. Officials of Afreximbank revealed that any African investor qualifies to participate in the investment vehicle with $30,000 stake. Afrexbank is pooling the funds to be able to fund African trade, investments and infrastructure. The investment has the backing of African Development Bank and the State Bank of Mauritius
Local pharmaceutical industry ripe for new entrants
A recent analysis by The New African quoted the African Development Bank saying that `Africa's pharmaceutical industry is the fastest growing in the world`. AfDB's projections generally suggest that the pharmaceutical market will be worth $40-$60 billion a year by 2020 on the continent. Currently, imports account for 80 per cent of all pharmaceutical sales on the continent
Alternative financing tactics to stir on Africa’s small businesses
The AfDB has called for an increase in new and affordable financing schemes for SMEs. Both the AfDB and the IFC would like SMEs to have increased access to financing. Last year the AfDB reported helping 156,000 SME business owners through financial intermediaries such as commercial banks, development investment and guarantee funds
Kenya and Ghana: Models of intra-Africa trade
Recent data from the African Development Bank shows that trade among African countries is growing, expanding from 10% in 2000 to about 16% in 2014. Despite this modest improvement, the volume of intra-Africa trade is a paltry US$ 2 trillion when juxtaposed alongside trade between Africa and the rest of the world, which stands at US$77 trillion. Africa is largely disconnected from itself thanks to its poor infrastructure, restrictive immigration policies, corruption, failure to formalise informal trade, and unclear customs and immigration rules
Rwanda lays foundation stone of Bugesera International Airport
On 9 August, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame laid the foundation stone of the country's newest transportation hub, the Bugesera International Airport, serving Kigali. The development of Bugesera Airport is aligned with Rwanda's Vision 2020 - an ambitious strategy which aims to transform Rwanda into a knowledge-based, middle-income country by the end of the decade
Deal signed for Sh4.5 billion Kitale road
Construction of the Sh4.5 billion multinational Kitale-Endebess-Suam road will begin in two months. Kenha and China State Construction Engineering Corporation have now signed the contract. The 45km road is jointly being financed by the government (15%) and African Development Bank (85%)
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East Africa: Sense of Urgency as Region Upgrades Its Roads, Airports
The East African looks at Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya and concludes there is a growing sense of urgency in East Africa with a growing number of infrastructure projects in motion to upgrade the region's roads and airports
AfDB decentralizes operation
The African Development Bank has opened a regional development and business delivery office in Pretoria, South Africa, which will be responsible for the institution's operations in the Southern Africa region. The office will also serve 12 other countries including Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar and Zambia as well as the Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat. AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina said the development was part of a drive to move the bank's operations closer to its clients so as to improve delivery
‘Check COMESA cross-border trade costs’
COMESA with support from the African Development Bank conducted a time release study to measure the aspects of effectiveness of operational procedures that are carried out by customs and other regulatory border agencies concerned with processing of imports, exports and goods-in-transit. The TRS survey was conducted in 10 COMESA member countries, which included Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia
Technical Working Groups Gather to Advance CFTA Process
Representatives from the African Union's member states and experts from African regional economic communities, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank are gathering from 21 August to 1 September in Durban, South Africa, to move forward the process towards establishing the Continental Free Trade Area
AfDB supports growth of African fashion sector
Fashionomics Africa is an initiative of the African Development Bank to increase Africa's participation in the global textile industry supply chain. AfDB aims to support the growth of African textile and fashion sectors through a focus on building the capacities of MSMEs, especially for women and youth. In addition to using its traditional public- and private-sector financing instruments, the AfDB is developing the Fashionomics Africa platform, an online interactive marketplace for MSMEs and relevant stakeholders in the textile and fashion sectors in Africa
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Sierra Leone News: State audits for civil society groups
The Audit Service Sierra Leone has embarked on an audit of Civil Society Organisations to ensure the organisations operate within the law and adhere to the purpose for which they were registered. The audit of donor funded projects, including World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development projects is on-going. The Audit Service Sierra Leone has been given the approval to audit all projects with the African Development Bank
The role of the African Development Bank
The AfDB supports African countries in implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions that they have adopted in the context of the Paris Agreement. It also facilitates their access to global climate finance. The Bank has committed to allocating 40 % of its annual funding to climate-related measures. Moreover, $ 12 billion of the AfDB's own resources will be invested in the energy sector. The AfDB is also establishing the Africa Regional NDC Hub
Redcliff needs $35m for sewer, water reticulation
Redcliff municipality in Zimbabwe required over $35m to rehabilitate and upgrade its sewer and water reticulation system, an AfDB assessment report has frevealed. AfDB recently availed $4.09m to the Kwekwe satellite town for water and sewer reticulation as part of its $30m urgent water supply and sanitation rehabilitation project
Federal Government gets $1.5b to tackle water problems in states
The Federal Government has secured over $1.5b to address the problems associated with the provision of urban water in some Nigerian states. The African Development Bank is investing a total of $381M in Taraba, Oyo, Kaduna and Rivers states, while Islamic Development Bank is making investments of $121m in Kaduna and Osun states.

"High Five Priorities for Africa " 3rd Aug 2017

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African Development Bank to finance Ghana-Ivory Coast cocoa plan The African Development Bank is willing to provide $1.2 billion to finance plans by Ivory Coast and Ghana to process more of their cocoa under a joint initiative to guarantee stable revenues from the commodity, the continental lender said on Wednesday. Part of the loan will finance the construction of modern storage facilities, farm rehabilitation and disease control, including payment of compensations to owners of cocoa trees ravaged by swollen-shoot viral disease, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said in Accra.
AfDB's Nafissatou Ndiour-Bella on the role of HR in transforming the bank Like many multilaterals and development agencies, AfDB still faces challenges in achieving gender balance in its workforce. “We still all struggle in this area”’ says Ndiour-Bella, and not just in achieving a gender balance overall within the organization but at all levels and functional areas. AfDB has been using an approach where candidates are shortlisted in gender-specific lists: the top two men and the top two women from the shortlists are invited for interviews and this has been working quite well
Duty calls in underdeveloped Sikongo The local authority is implementing a water supply and sanitation project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and rehabilitating boreholes at schools and health centres.
Parliament approves $48.85 million loan to clean, provide water in Accra Ghana's Parliament approved a $48.85 million agreement between the government and the African Development Fund to finance the Greater Accra Sustainable Sanitation and Livelihood Improvement Project, to support efforts to increase access to adequate, safe and affordable water, improved environmental sanitation and hygiene education. The project was part of the intervention by the government to expand and build on the success of the previous African Development Bank-funded Accra Sewerage Improvement Project and the ongoing Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project.
Ghana Targets 5 Million Passengers Yearly With AfDB-Funded International Airport Expansion Project The construction of a new terminal at Ghana's flagship airport - Kotoka International Airport - is expected to make the country a destination of choice with a yearly target of 5 million passengers. The project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) with a $120-million facility, will improve air transport in the country. It is also expected to contribute towards boosting the country's economy, reduce the cost of doing business, and improve competitiveness. "This terminal is being built for a successful economic future. Its large capacity is a confident statement of intent," said AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina during a tour of the project in Accra on August 3. "President Akufo-Addo told me that Ghana is back on the African map as a political and economic force, and I think that an airport terminal facility next year that can handle 5 million passengers per year will be proof positive of that."
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Cleaning Ghana’s power sector : AfDB pledges support
President of the African Development Bank, Mr. Akinwumi Adesina has pledged of his outfit’s commitment to provide government with significant support to clear its energy sector debt. He argues that the perennial challenges that have confronted the country’s power sector require robust measures to address them permanently. “There is no way that Africa can develop without power. An economy without power really cannot go far,” he said. He adds that the bank is willing to help improve liquidity profile of the energy companies facing severe damage issues in Ghana.
AfDB President Adesina visits Ghana to strengthen cooperation
AfDB’s portfolio in Ghana as at June 2017 is composed of 22 operations with an overall commitment of UA 683.34 million (about $950,319,370). The Bank is finalising a new Country Strategy Paper for Ghana for the period 2017-2021. The Strategy will support Ghana’s efforts to transform the economy through three of AfDB’s High 5s (Light up and power Africa, Industrialise Africa and Feed Africa)
Feed Africa
African Development Bank to finance Ghana-Ivory Coast cocoa plan
The African Development Bank is willing to provide $1.2 billion to finance plans by Ivory Coast and Ghana to process more of their cocoa under a joint initiative to guarantee stable revenues from the commodity, the continental lender said on Wednesday. Part of the loan will finance the construction of modern storage facilities, farm rehabilitation and disease control, including payment of compensations to owners of cocoa trees ravaged by swollen-shoot viral disease, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said in Accra.
AfDB poised to transform rural economies of African countries
Akinwume Adesina said "we must make sure that agriculture, which is the people's basic source of livelihood is not a way of life. I don't believe agriculture is a way of life at all. It is a development activity and where Avfrica's wealth will come from if we do it the right way. Agro industrialization has to play a very big role in what we do going forward"
AfDB to finance Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire cocoa plan
The African Development Bank is willing to provide 1.2 billion dollars to finance plans by Cote d’ Ivoire and Ghana to process more of their cocoa. The plan will be under a joint initiative to guarantee stable revenues from the commodity, the continental lender said. Part of the loan will finance the construction of modern storage facilities, farm rehabilitation and disease control. It will also include payment of compensations to owners of cocoa trees ravaged by swollen-shoot viral disease, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina, said
Ghana gets $950M from ADB
“Agriculture is one of the high five priorities of the bank…we are going to be investing in the agricultural sector in Africa with $24 billion over the next 10 years and obviously, Ghana will play a very important role in that,” Akinwume Adesina stated adding “we are going to be supporting agriculture a lot especially in the Northern sector of the country.” He said that the Northern Rural Agricultural Development Project has covered about 3900 hectares and supporting beyond 250,000 households, and bemoaned the determination of cocoa prices by international bodies
Let’s make agriculture a business, not a way of life - Adesina
“Consistent with its ‘Feed Africa’ strategy, the African Development Bank will support Ghanaian government efforts to improve the underperforming value chains which fail to add enough value to agricultural produce; to repair and rebuild inadequate infrastructure; to improve access to agricultural financing; and to reduce volatility in the international price of cocoa,” Adesina said. The Bank will also contribute to the stabilization of the energy sector.
MoFA develops database to identify different areas of production
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in collaboration with its development partners, is developing a database for the agriculture sector in Ghana to help identify the different areas of production the farmers are engaged in. The database also seeks to address the relationships between the climate, soil type and farm management systems, including irrigation. The partners in the project are the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
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Elevating Africa’s bankable projects
While there has been a lot of debate related to the lack of political will in the past, African countries have more recently shown a new resolve by undertaking bold reforms and also reaching consensus on major African Union (AU) continental initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the AfDB’s High 5’s. For instance, major investments in power generation and transmission lines currently going on in Africa will achieve a greater economic impact if they are accompanied by policies to create a vibrant continental energy market whose elements are already in place through the regional power pools.
Ghana Targets 5 Million Passengers Yearly With AfDB-Funded International Airport Expansion Project
The construction of a new terminal at Ghana's flagship airport - Kotoka International Airport - is expected to make the country a destination of choice with a yearly target of 5 million passengers. The project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) with a $120-million facility, will improve air transport in the country. It is also expected to contribute towards boosting the country's economy, reduce the cost of doing business, and improve competitiveness. "This terminal is being built for a successful economic future. Its large capacity is a confident statement of intent," said AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina during a tour of the project in Accra on August 3. "President Akufo-Addo told me that Ghana is back on the African map as a political and economic force, and I think that an airport terminal facility next year that can handle 5 million passengers per year will be proof positive of that."
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Ghana: AfDB Focuses On Fashion Industry
'Textile and clothing is the second largest sector in the developing world after agriculture. This sector is dominated by SMEs and holds the potential to create jobs for millions of women and youth across Africa,' Emanuela Gregorio, gender specialist at AfDB, said at the conference. 'The foundation of any long-lasting venture in Africa depends on the continuous empowerment of regional SMEs and young entrepreneurs. Governments, the private sector and international investors must consider Africa's young people and SMEs central to the stability of their economies.'
AfDB's Nafissatou Ndiour-Bella on the role of HR in transforming the bank
Like many multilaterals and development agencies, AfDB still faces challenges in achieving gender balance in its workforce. “We still all struggle in this area”’ says Ndiour-Bella, and not just in achieving a gender balance overall within the organization but at all levels and functional areas. AfDB has been using an approach where candidates are shortlisted in gender-specific lists: the top two men and the top two women from the shortlists are invited for interviews and this has been working quite well
AfDB wants strong fashion industry for Africa
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for empowerment of small and medium operators in the textiles, apparel and accessories sectors as a job creation strategy at the recently held Small Business Indaba in Gauteng, South Africa which aimed at providing small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) tools and network to grow manufacturing operations. “Textile and clothing is the second largest sector in the developing world after agriculture. This sector is dominated by SMEs and holds the potential to create jobs for millions of women and youth across Africa,” Emanuela Gregorio, gender specialist at AfDB, said at the conference.
AfDB focuses on fashion industry in Africa
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is focusing on creating jobs for millions of women and youth in Africa. The AfDB has called for the empowerment of small and medium operators in the textiles, apparel and accessories sectors as a deliberate job creation strategy. Recently, at the Small Business Indaba in Gauteng, South Africa, the AfDB main objective of the Small Business Indaba was to provide small, medium and micro- enterprises (SMMEs) with the tools and network to grow their manufacturing operations to the next level of innovation and job creation. “Textile and clothing is the second largest sector in the developing world after agriculture. This sector is dominated by SMEs and holds the potential to create jobs for millions of women and youth across Africa,” Emanuela Gregorio, Gender Specialist at AfDB, said at the conference.
Fashionomics: AfDB’s New Initiative for Women and Youth
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for the empowerment of small and medium operators in the textiles, apparel and accessories sectors as a deliberate job creation strategy. “Textile and clothing is the second largest sector in the developing world after agriculture. This sector is dominated by SMEs and holds the potential to create jobs for millions of women and youth across Africa,” Emanuela Gregorio, Gender Specialist at AfDB, said at the conference.
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ZNBS to declare K1m dividend
Zambia National Building Society, which plans to borrow US$50 million from the African Development Bank, is expected to declare K1 million as dividend to Government this year. ZNBS chairperson David Nama said the institution is trying to access cheaper long-term funding from the AfDB that will enable it provide affordable mortgages, and that AfDB is ready to provide the ZNBS with US$50 million provided Government guarantees the loan
Parliament approves $48.85 million loan to clean, provide water in Accra
Ghana's Parliament approved a $48.85 million agreement between the government and the African Development Fund to finance the Greater Accra Sustainable Sanitation and Livelihood Improvement Project, to support efforts to increase access to adequate, safe and affordable water, improved environmental sanitation and hygiene education. The project was part of the intervention by the government to expand and build on the success of the previous African Development Bank-funded Accra Sewerage Improvement Project and the ongoing Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project.
It is easier for North Americans and Europeans to travel in Africa than Africans
The African Development Bank (AFBD) released its inaugural Africa visa openness report that confirmed it was easier for North Americans and Europeans to travel in Africa than it was for Africans. The recent creation of a platform by the African Development Bank that allows Africans to check visa requirements by citizenship is a major asset in increasing access to information. The portal helps one to know at a glance whether or not one needs a visa for a certain country. The 2017 visa openness index report on openness, that is just how hard it can be sometimes to obtain a visa to another African country.
AfDB Signs U.S.$ 78 Million Grant Agreements With Governments of Somalia and South Sudan
The African Development Bank has signed tripartite grant agreements of US$ 34.8 million and US$ 43.8 million with the Republic of Somalia and the Republic of South Sudan respectively and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development under the Bank's 'Say No To Famine - Short Term Regional Emergency Response Project - STRERP'. IGAD will oversee the implementation of the project through an agency in each of the countries. The agencies will work with the governments to put in place structures enabling them take on increasing responsibility for disaster management and delivery of humanitarian assistance
Duty calls in underdeveloped Sikongo
The local authority is implementing a water supply and sanitation project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and rehabilitating boreholes at schools and health centres.