SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, May 30, 2023/ — Bank Group draws curtain on 2023 Annual Meetings with a call for action to do more for Africa; Governors give Bank all-clear to tap capital market, using resources from concessional ADF window.
The Board of Governors of the African Development Bank Group has approved Management’s request to leverage the equity of the African Development Fund, its concessional lending window, to mobilize more resources on the capital markets.
When fully implemented, the Bank Group could unlock up to $27 billion to help low-income and fragile states., Bank Group president Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said on Friday.
“What this means is that when this is launched, we can raise an additional $4 billion or even more per cycle for these least developed low-income countries,” Adesina said in remarks to close the Bank Group’s 2023 Annual Meetings in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
He added that depending on the prevailing exchange rate, the Bank could raise up to $27 billion from the capital market, leveraging on ADF equity.
With nearly half its client countries as fragile states, the African Development Fund contributes to poverty reduction and socioeconomic development in least-developed African countries by providing concessional funding for their projects and programs. Nine of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change rely on the resources of the Fund.
The Bank dedicated this year’s Annual Meetings to ‘Mobilizing Private Sector Financing for Climate and Green Growth’. The event rallied African leaders, development partners and researchers to brainstorm and come up with concrete action points for raising climate finance, including leveraging on the continent’s natural capital.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi opened the 5-day meetings on Tuesday, calling for “creative solutions” for the complex challenges facing countries, especially those in Africa.
Other dignitaries included the President of Comoros and Chairman of the African Union, Azali Assoumani; Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Tanzania Vice President Philip Mpango.
Apart from its statutory meetings, the event featured a presidential dialogue and three thematic knowledge sessions. The highlights included the launch of the Bank Group’s flagship 2023 African Economic Outlook Report and a unique celebration of Africa Day, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the African Union.
Adesina said the 2023 Annual Meetings achieved great success with recognition by its shareholders that the Bank was critical to unleashing Africa’s potential.
He stated: “Let us leave Sharm El-Sheikh with a greater commitment. A greater commitment to working together. A greater commitment to building a more resilient Africa.”
The closing ceremony saw the handing over of the chairmanship of the Boards of Governors to Kenya’s Finance Minister, Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u. Kenya will host the 2024 Annual Meetings.
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Ndung’u reassured his country would build on Sharm El Sheikh’s success.
In a declaration issued at the end of the meetings, the Bank’s Governors stressed the need for substantial financial resources to support climate adaptation in Africa. This must include the delivery of wealthy nations’ commitment to mobilize $100 billion per year in climate finance for developing countries.
“We call for urgent action to double the collective provision of climate finance for adaptation, and operationalization of new funding arrangements to respond to loss and damage as per decisions of the Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, the last sessions of which were held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.”