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Media Advisory: ACBF well represented at this year’s US-Africa Summit

Republic of Mozambique
19 Jun, 2019

The US-Africa Summit kicked off today in Maputo, Mozambique with several African Presidents and Ministers in attendance as well as giants from both public and private sector. The 2019 Summit is specifically designed to facilitate and elevate business-to-business and business-to-government engagement. The Summit will address the most important challenges to investors in Africa today.

Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Chair of the Executive Board of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Union’s specialised agency for capacity building in Africa, will attend the summit and speak during a plenary session titled, ‘U.S. Stake in African Regional and Global Trade.’

Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of ACBF is attending the US-Africa Summit as a panellist speaking on the topic, ‘Leveraging Partnerships to Address Capacity Building Challenges.’ Prof. Nnadozie has been at the helm of capacity building issues on the continent for several decades now and is best placed to speak on this topic. The panel session will take place on Thursday 20 June, 2019 at 1045hrs.


For more information, please contact:

Tsitsi Spargo-Chakonza 
The African Capacity Building Foundation
Harare, Zimbabwe
+263 242 304663, 304622, 332002, 332014; Ext. 279

About the African Capacity Building Foundation

Established in 1991, ACBF builds human and institutional capacity for good governance and economic development in Africa. To date the Foundation has empowered people in governments, parliaments, civil society, private sector and higher education institutions in more than 45 countries and 6 regional economic communities. ACBF supports capacity development across Africa through mobilization and leveraging of resources for capacity development; grants, investments and fund management; knowledge services; promoting innovation in capacity development and capacity development advisory services. The establishment of ACBF was in response to the severity of Africa’s capacity needs, and the challenges of investing in indigenous human capital and institutions in Africa. ACBF interventions are premised on four principles: the centrality of capacity to the development process in Africa; the critical role of a partnership and demand-driven approach in tackling capacity challenges; African ownership and leadership in the capacity development process; and a systematic, sequenced and coordinated approach to the capacity development process that pays attention to capacity retention and utilization. For further information go to:


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