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African States should play leading role in financing capacity building

Lomé, Togo
07 Nov, 2014

Africa should take decisive steps to play a leading role in the financing of the capacity building efforts in the continent, the Permanent Committee of the Board of Governors of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) on Resource Mobilization has said.

At an inaugural meeting of the committee in Lomé, Togo on the 4-5 November, the ACBF was told of the importance of getting political support by African countries on the Foundations resource mobilization efforts. It was also agreed that ACBF works towards the continuation and consolidation of cooperation with multilateral and non-African partners.

“There was an urgent need for Africans to take the driver’s seat in the financing of ACBF,” said the ACBF Executive Secretary, Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie. He added that there was also an increasing donor fatigue of non-African partners”.

At the same meeting, Togo’s Minister in the Office of the President, in charge of Long-Term Planning and Evaluation of Public Policies, and Chair of the Committee, Prof. Kako Nubukpo said capacity building was important for African countries as they move through various stages of economic transformation.
The Committee agreed to engage African Heads of State in addressing the financing challenges for capacity building and decided to solicit one of them to champion this cause with his peers and the international community. It was agreed the committee starts the engagement with Togo’s President, Faure Gnassingbé, to solicit his leadership.

Read Communique from the meeting here

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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