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ACBF takes part in RHB African Affairs Series

Washington DC, USA
17 Sep, 2015

The African Capacity Building Foundation’s (ACBF) Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie on Thursday made a presentation on “Capacity Imperatives for Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) in Africa” at the 2015 Ronald H. Brown (RHB) African Affairs Series, which is being held from 14-19 September 2015 in Washington D.C., United States of America. The theme of this year’s Series is "Strengthening Capacity in Africa to Address Health, Economics, and Technology Challenges.” 

The presentation highlighted the main constraints to DRM on the continent, notably a narrow tax base, the lack of legitimacy of tax authorities, weak capacity of tax administrations, low penetration of the formal banking sector, the lack of human, technical, legal and regulatory, and financial capacities to deal with IFFs and the large informal sector.

It also drew attention on the steps African countries should take to address the capacity gaps in DRM:  simplifying and rationalizing tax systems; having a budget line on capacity development provided for in national budgets; ensuring that revenue authorities have the capacity to engage with taxpayers to create awareness on their rights and obligations; developing capacity to raise revenue from neglected sources such as small informal businesses/activities and real estate; providing IT infrastructure, investing in finance data collection, and helping to set up tax registries; and building the human, technical, legal and regulatory, and financial capacities to deal with IFFs. 

The presentation also highlighted the role ACBF is playing in the DRM field, mainly the production and dissemination of knowledge products as well as advisory services on capacity building related to DRM. 

Named after the late Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, the RHB African Affairs Series is planned and organized by the Constituency for Africa CFA each year in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference. The RHB African Affairs Series is designed to educate, inform and engage the American public on critical challenges, issues, and concerns facing Africa; help link members of the CBC and their staff to African challenges, issues and concerns; and promote a proactive and sustainable U.S.-Africa foreign policy agenda. 

Over the years, the RHB African Affairs Series has convened more than 200 workshops and forums that have advanced advocacy, analysis of government policy initiatives, knowledge transfer, and the mobilization of public and private sector groups. 


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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