AfDB launches new civil society committee

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Focusing on "Engaging Civil Society to Accelerate Africa's Industrialization", the 2018 Civil Society Forum organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan explored how to associate civil society in the Bank’s High 5 priorities with special emphasis to industrialise Africa.

The AfDB media channel reported on Tuesday that the Forum, held 7-9 May at the Bank’s headquarters, launched a new 11-member Bank-Civil Society committee representing Africa’s five regions.

The committee will serve as advisory body to guide the Bank in its engagement with Civil Society. It will ensure stronger engagement between the African Development Bank and African communities.

More than 200 participants from across the continent attended the forum’s panel and thematic sessions on development issues and how to include the civil society in the implementation of the Bank’s priority to industrialise Africa.

Speaking on challenges and opportunities of Africa's industrialization, Abdu Mukhtar, Director of the Bank’s Industry and Trade Development Department, presented the "Industrialise Africa" Strategy, highlighting the challenges the sector faces due to "the absence of efficient and effective policies, lack of an enabling environment, barriers in access to capital, and lack of entrepreneurial capacity and market access.”

For her part, Massogbé Diabaté Touré, CEO of Société Ivoirienne de transformation de l'Anacarde (Ivorian Cashew Processing Company), emphasised the importance for the private sector to leverage on “Civil Society's presence and work on the ground."  

According to Touré, "the union of these two entities: the private sector and Civil Society – will find solutions to the real challenges on the ground”.

CSO representatives’ rapporteurs in the parallel sessions on the ‘Industrialise Africa’ strategy, presented key recommendations consolidated after two days of interactive sessions and consultations.

Following the induction of the Civil Society Committee, Vanessa Moungar, the Bank’s Director of Gender, Women and Civil Society Department, assured participants that her Department "has taken good note of the recommendations and will continue to coordinate the partnership between Civil Society and the African Development Bank".

In her closing remarks, Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President of the Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex, thanked delegates on behalf of the Bank’s President Akinwumi  Adesina.

"Cooperation between the Bank and Civil Society to meet the challenge of Africa's transformation, will make all of our development efforts more than the sum of the parts," she said.
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23 mai 2018 06:58:15

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