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  • Nov
    18 - 19

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development will host the7th Africa Think Tank Summit on 18 and 19 November 2020. The virtual Summit is dedicated to the theme, “Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement: Assessing country readiness and the implications for capacity-building.”

    The Summit is meant to provide a platform for African Think Tanks and other key stakeholders to engage in a high-level deliberation on the most effective ways of addressing capacity challenges of Member States in a bid to enhance country readiness and accelerate implementation of the AfCFTA,  especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ACBF’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel NNADOZIE  says the Summit will examine the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for making the AfCFTA a reality; assess country readiness in the implementation of the AfCFTA; identify and examine key capacity challenges facing countries and other key institutions involved in driving the continental free trade agenda.

    “The Summit provides a perfect opportunity for all players to determine the most effective ways of addressing institutional and human capacity challenges facing the implementation of the AfCFTA. Having played a key role in establishment of the majority of the foremost Think Tanks across the Continent, we at ACBF believe that Think Tanks have a critical role to play in making the AfCFTA a reality. Therefore, our goal is to provide the opportunity for a better understanding of the role of Think Tanks and how they can effectively support African countries in addressing AfCFTA-related challenges and in maximizing the benefits of intra-Africa trade.”  

    The 2020 Think-Tank Summit is expected to generate partnerships and coordination mechanisms that will enhance capacity development programming and overall efforts in advancing country readiness in implementing and benefiting from the AfCFTA.

    African Union Commissioner of Trade H.E. Albert MUCHANGA, is expected to officiate the event  that has attracted experts and representatives from at least 45 African Countries,  and partner institutions such as the Afreximbank, African Development Bank, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, to mention a few.


  • Nov
    11 - 11

    The meeting will gather Finance and Economic Planning Ministers from its member states as well as representatives from the ACBF’s multi-lateral partners; The World Bank, Afrexim Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The African Development Bank and Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA).

  • Dec
    05 - 06

    The Executive Board of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will hold its 73rd meeting from the 5th-6th of December 2019 at the ACBF Secreatariat in Harare, Zimbabwe.

  • Oct

    The Executive Board of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will hold its 72nd meeting on this day. The meeting will be a virtual one.

  • Jul
    04 - 05

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will be part of the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council in Niamey on the 4th and 5th of July 2019.  

    The Ministers of External Affairs and other ministers or authorities designated by the governments of AU Member States will deliberate on issues on the agenda of the AU Summit in preparation of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Union. 

    The ACBF as a specialized agency of the African Union will participate, represented by Amb. Abdoulaye Diop 

  • Jun

    The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) will hold the 71st   Meeting on 28 June.

    This will be a virtual meeting.

  • Jun
    20 - 22

    The Afreximbank will hold its 2019 Annual Meetings in Moscow, Russia which will include the seminar and meeting of the Advisory Group on Trade Finance and Export Development in Africa on 20 and 21 June, with the official opening of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders taking place in the afternoon on 21 June. 

    The meetings will feature plenaries and side events. High-level speakers will speak on various aspects of trade and economic development and looking at the transformation of African economies through trade. 

    The ACBF, a key stakeholder in Africa’s development agenda will attend and take part in the High-Level Strategic meetings which will among other issues focus on how Africa can work with its partners in the agenda of harnessing innovation and technology which are the key drivers for developmental transformation, trade and economic growth. 

    The Executive Secretary, Professor Nnadozie will represent the Foundation.

  • Jun
    17 - 18

    The ACBF will be part of the 38th Ordinary Session of the African Union Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) in Addis Ababa. 

    The Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) conducts the day-to-day business of the African Union on behalf of the Assembly and Executive Council. All Member States are represented on the PRC at the level of Permanent Representative. ACBF as a specialized agency of the African Union will participate represented by its permanent representative to the African Union Amb. Abdoulaye Diop.  

  • Jun
    11 - 14

    The ACBF will participate in the 2019 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) to be held in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea from 11 to 14 June 2019 at the Sipopo Conference Centre. The 2019 annual meetings will focus on ‘Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity'.

    Africa’s population of one billion people and combined GDP of over USD 3,400 billion could create huge opportunities for its producers. To realize this potential, African governments and regional economic communities need to cooperate to facilitate the cross-border transfer of goods, services, people, money, energy and knowledge. According to the Bank's Visa Openness Index, only 25% of African countries do not require a visa for Africans to travel (a rise from 22% in 2017 and 20% in 2016), while 51% of African countries continue to impose visas on African nationals (down from 54% in 2017 and 55% in 2016).

    The meetings will be attended by Heads of State, members of academia, public and private sector players and development strategic partners. The Foundation will be represented by the Executive Secretary, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie and Mr. Bakary Kone, Director of the Resource Mobilization, Strategic Planning and Partnerships Department.

  • May

    The ACBF Executive Secretary, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie will hold a bilateral meeting with the President of the Afreximbak, Benedict Okey Oramah on 24 May. Discussions will center around the ACBF and Afreximbank’s partnership in harnessing innovation and technology for developmental transformation and economic growth across Africa.


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