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ACBF Board of Governors Meeting opens on a high note

26 Jun, 2014

On 26 June, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) opened its 23rd annual Board of Governors meeting on a high note with messages from the Chair of the Board of Governors, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Honorable Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Kithinji Kiragu, Vice Chair of the ACBF Executive Board and Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of the ACBF.  The meeting was officially opened by the Minister of Planning of Senegal, Honorable Abdoulaye Balde, who reiterated Senegal’s commitment to mobilizing further resources for the Foundation in order to carry out its mandate as the pan African institution for capacity development on the continent.

To further interrogate the main theme of the meeting, Building capacity for Domestic Resource Mobilization, the programme included three high level dialogues focusing on the institutional and financing capacity building for domestic resource mobilization; building capacity to combat illicit flows if Africa.  The third high level dialogues focused on the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the plan “Senegal Emergent” – Senegal’s national plan. The annual two day meeting addresses issues on the performance of the Foundation including updates on resource mobilization.

Delivering the message on behalf of the ACBF Board of Governors as Chair, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, highlighted that Africa needs capacities in the ever changing global environment and it is important that capacity development be kept on top of Africa’s development priorities. Mr. Kithinji Kiragu, underscored the need for ACBF over the short term to mobilize adequate resources for the implementation of the third ACBF strategic plan (SMTP III) and the fourth (SMTP IV), and over the medium term, to ensure sustainability and predictability of the financing of ACBF.

Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, ACBF Executive Secretary stated that Africa is ready for economic transformation.  “African countries will need to ensure that they do not primarily rely on external financial resources for the implementation of their development plans. Foreign assistance should only come as a complement to domestic effort.”  He was highlighting on the theme of the annual meeting on Building Capacity for Domestic Resource Mobilisation.

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BOG 2014 Videos  
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