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On the occasion of International Women’s Day today, I take the opportunity to wish all female staff members in the Foundation, a very happy Women's Day.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major crisis for Africa. To better understand the economic impact, we need to look at the three dimensions of this pandemic. First; is the impact of the disease itself on individuals, families, communities, nations and regions.

16 Jul, 2019 | Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie

The twelfth Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union (AU), held on 4-8 July 2019 in Niamey, launched the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which is the largest free trade area on earth encompassing all countries of the continent.

12 Mar, 2018 | Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie

Africa has set itself a target of being an integrated, peaceful and prosperous continent by 2063. Intra-Africa trade can play a critical role in achieving the continental agenda.

Harare, Zimbabwe 04 Oct, 2017 | Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie

Youth unemployment has scourged the African continent, with rates for Sub-Saharan and North Africa as of 2016 being 13 percent and 30.5 percent, respectively.

01 Sep, 2017 | Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie

That Africa is a well endowed region of the world, a continent said to have a ‘golden hand,’ is a fact. But that our continent is not fully taking advantage of its weight and worth in gold, to transform itself and be the development wonder of the world, is an major issue to ponder.

Brazaville 14 Nov, 2016 | Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie

Perceptions about Africa have changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Terms such as ‘Africa rising’, ‘hopeful continent’, ‘second fastest growing region’, etc. have been used to describe the economic growth performance achieved by the continent.

Addis Ababa 25 Oct, 2016 | Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie

Let me begin by stating that there is consensus among development practitioners that capacity underpins the success or failure of economic transformation.

Antananarivo 12 Oct, 2016 | Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie

The importance of industrialization to Africa’s development cannot be overemphasized. In fact, Industrialization has been on Africa’s Development Agenda since the early eighties.

Antananarivo 12 Oct, 2016 | Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie

The theme of this year’s Summit, “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization” is not only a demonstration of the progress already achieved in the COMESA Region -, progress that has seen the Region successfully fight poverty and put itself on the path to sustainable development


Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana