BrandArena: Investment Climate Facility for Africa, AfDB to strengthen partnership

Monday 8 June 2015

Investment Climate Facility for Africa, AfDB to strengthen partnership

The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced concrete actions aimed at further strengthening their already strong partnership. This enhanced cooperation is aimed at consolidating their synergies, minimising duplication and building on the achievements in investment climate interventions across Africa.

AfDB recognizes the importance of improving the business climate as a means of enhancing competitiveness and attracting private investments. To this end, the Bank’s Private Sector Development Strategy and the Governance Strategic Framework and Action Plan support the vision of building a competitive private sector across Africa that will be an engine of sustainable economic growth, employment creation and poverty reduction on the continent in the next decade and beyond.

ICF’s quick wins implementation of reforms in over 30 countries on the continent has delivered, through an efficient modus operandi, a proven concept that has contributed to improving Africa’s investment climate. The Bank and ICF strongly complement each other. To this end, the two institutions are stepping up efforts to upscale their engagement through joint implementation of high impact projects, organization of joint investment climate events, preparation of country/sector analytics, and embarking on joint resource mobilization initiatives.

As part of the enhanced collaboration, the AfDB and ICF organised a joint side event on the margins of the African Development Bank’s 2015 Annual Meetings held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The event, on the theme “Investment Climate: The Journey So Far” served, not only to engender debate on the state of Africa’s investment climate, lessons learnt and proffer solutions to existing constraints, but also to mobilise both the private and public sector, as well as movers and shakers, to play a key role in delivering greater domestic and foreign investment, with important long-term benefits for inclusive growth.

On this occasion, Aly Abou Sabaa, Vice President of the African Development Bank, congratulated ICF for the immense contribution to improving Africa’s investment climate during Phase I and reiterated the Bank’s commitment to partner with ICF in Phase II. He challenged African Governments, the African private sector and existing and potential new contributors to support Phase II of ICF.

The ICF maintains that the success of Africa's socioeconomic development aspirations will depend on the level of private sector activity and a smooth public-private engagement - and this requires a commitment from African governments and institutions to implement investment climate reforms.

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