Ghana targets five million passengers yearly with AfDB-funded international airport expansion

Ghana targets five million passengers yearly with AfDB-funded international airport expansion

ACCRA (Capital Markets in Africa) – 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…

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Fitch affirms African Development Bank at ‘AAA’; outlook stable

Fitch affirms African Development Bank at ‘AAA’; outlook stable

ABIDJAN (Capital Markets in Africa) – Fitch Ratings has affirmed the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘AAA’ with a Stable Outlook and Short- Term IDR at ‘F1+’. The ‘AAA’ rating primarily reflects extraordinary support from AfDB’s shareholders, assessed by Fitch at ‘aaa’, which provides a three-notch uplift over the bank’s intrinsic rating. AfDB enjoys strong support from its 80 member states, which include 26 non-African countries with high average ratings….

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Ivory Coast, Ghana Said to Seek $1.2 Billion Loan for Cocoa

Ivory Coast, Ghana Said to Seek $1.2 Billion Loan for Cocoa

ACCRA (Capital Markets in Africa) – The cocoa regulators of the world’s two biggest producers are in talks with the African Development Bank about a $1.2 billion loan that will be used to increase output and mitigate against volatile prices, according to two people familiar with the matter. Ivory Coast and Ghana want to build storage facilities for local processing and for the storing and release of stocks based on market demand, said the people, who…

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Unlock the potential of African entrepreneurs to accelerate Africa

Unlock the potential of African entrepreneurs to accelerate Africa

ABIDJAN (Capital Markets in Africa) – African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 released Monday, May 22 at the African Development Bank Group’s 52nd Annual Meetings. In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed down to 2.2% from 3.4% in 2015 due to low commodity prices, weak global recovery and adverse weather conditions, which impacted on agriculture production in some regions. However, it is…

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AfDB Plans $1.1 Billion Loans, Grants to Drought-Hit Countries

AfDB Plans $1.1 Billion Loans, Grants to Drought-Hit Countries

South Sudan (Capital Markets in Africa) – The African Development Bank is considering providing $1.1 billion of loans and grants to countries affected by drought and famine. The funding will be discussed at a meeting of the Abidjan, Ivory Coast-based lender’s board on Wednesday, Gabriel Negatu, the bank’s head for East Africa, said in an interview in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The money will be provided to war-torn South Sudan, where a famine was declared in February, as well…

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AfDB Approves a USD 450 million Trade Finance Package for Afreximbank

AfDB Approves a USD 450 million Trade Finance Package for Afreximbank

ABIDJAN (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Wednesday, May 29, 2017 a USD 450 million Trade Finance Package for the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank). The facility consists of a 3-year USD 150 million unfunded Risk Participation Agreement (guarantees) and a 4-year USD 300 million Trade Finance Line of Credit. This composite facility will help to expand Afreximbank’s risk bearing capacity for the confirmation of…

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Africa will develop on its own terms, not based on the benevolence of others, AFDB President

Africa will develop on its own terms, not based on the benevolence of others, AFDB President

ABIDJAN (Capital Markets in Africa) – “Africa will develop on its own terms, not based on the benevolence of others. And that is the only way we can make development faster and driven by our own needs – with a deep sense of urgency and responsibility.” These were the words of African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina, who delivered the keynote address on Monday, March 27, 2017 in Abidjan, as part of a week-long…

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