African Development Bank in new 10 years strategy

 The African Development Bank has unveiled a new ten years (2013-2022) strategy geared towards boosting Africa’s development path to a higher trajectory.

Approved by the bank’s executive directors the strategy identifies five main channels through which the bank will deliver its work and improve the quality of growth in Africa. These are: infrastructure development, regional economic integration, private sector development, governance and accountability, skills and technology.

The bank said the new strategy will also seek new and creative ways of mobilizing resources to support Africa’s transformation, especially by leveraging its own resources. Wider use of public-private partnerships, co-financing arrangements and risk-mitigation instruments will draw in new investors

The bank said the strategy (http://www.afdb.org), emphasizes the quality and sustainability of growth. “This document reflects Africa’s vision for itself – a vision of transformation that is achievable”, said Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group since 2005.  “It is a ten-year vision, which can make this continent – within another generation – the global growth pole that we know it can be and want it to be: a place fit for our aspirations and those of our children.”

“The Strategy reaffirms the Bank’s strategic choices around infrastructure, economic integration and the private sector.  It charts the way towards inclusive growth that spans age, gender and geography, and takes special account of Africa’s fragile states which are home to 200 million people, as well as building climate resilience and the sustainable management of natural resources.”

Added Kaberuka “In a decade of seismic shifts in the global economy, Africa has defied the pessimists and experienced significant growth.  That economic growth must now translate into real economic transformation, which will bring jobs and opportunities to its citizens.  That is what makes the next decade so decisive, and the African Development Bank’s Strategy for 2013 to 2022 so vital”.

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