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ACBF discusses the future of Rwanda’s capacity development efforts

22 May, 2014

ACBF’s Executive Secretary, Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie, met with the Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ambassador Claver Gatete on 19 March.  Prof Nnadozie was in Kigali, Rwanda to attend the African Development Bank (AfDB) 50th anniversary and annual meetings.

The two discussed about the support ACBF has been giving to Rwanda, the ongoing projects funded by the Foundation in the country as well as further cooperation between Rwanda and ACBF.

Minister Gatete was very thankful for the ACBF support, and said that the Foundation has been there when Rwanda needed it most.

“ACBF is one of the organizations that came early on after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis, and helped the government and the people of Rwanda in establishing high level institutions that were building human capacity that supported the public sector whether in economic policy analysis, financial management and public administration” he said.

The Foundation’s funding channeled through the Rwandan public sector is over since the year 2012, but ACBF is still working with the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research Rwanda (IPAR), a not-for-profit Think Tank on a project ending in 2016.

Prof Nnadozie indicated that working together with the National Capacity Building Secretariat (NCBS), the ACBF is seeking to ascertain the remaining and new capacity gaps in Rwanda.

“That is to do a countrywide capacity building development profile that will help us to understand the capacity gaps, so that we can properly structure some new programs that can continue to support Rwanda in building capacity” Prof Nnadozie said.

Rwanda is one of the countries that have benefited much from ACBF programs. Since 1999, the Foundation has funded several public sector projects worth more than 10 Million US dollars.

It has also helped the Rwandan Private Sector Federation, in building capacity to be able to properly engage the government in policy making including building their own capacity to become a more effective private sector body.

Prof Nnadozie also took the opportunity to update Honourable Gatete, as the Rwanda Governor to the ACBF Board of Governors on the forthcoming annual meeting to be held in Dakar, Senegal on 26 and 27 June 2014.  . The theme of the annual meeting is “Building Capacity for Domestic Resource Mobilization in Africa.” The Board of Governors constitutes Ministers of Finance and Economic Planning, and it is the highest governing body for the Foundation.

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