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Promoting the Acceleration of the AfCFTA Implementation and the Realization of the African Trade Integration

18 Jan, 2024

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), under the patronage of the Republic of Azerbaijan and in partnership with the department in charge of Economic Development, Trade, Tourism, Industry and Minerals (ETTIM) of the African Union is convening a training of African Ambassadors and diplomats accredited to the African Union aimed at enhancing their understanding of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and support its implementation effectively.

ACBF’s engagement with African Ambassadors and diplomats accredited to the African Union provides an opportunity to foster collaboration among African countries and strengthen the coordination necessary for accelerating the implementation of the AfCFTA, with the ultimate objective of realizing the African Economic Community envisaged under the Abuja Treaty. Their involvement can help build consensus and mobilize support for the necessary reforms and policy adjustments at national and regional levels.

The training is expected to yield valuable recommendations and actions that can propel the AfCFTA forward, leading to increased intra-African trade, enhanced regional integration, economic growth, job creation, and improved livelihoods for the continent’s population.

ACBF will deliver the training with the technical support of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the International Trade Centre, the Pan African Manufacturers Association, and the Africa Business Council.

The training will be held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 20th and 21st of February 2024.


About ACBF

For more than 30 years, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has been building human capital and institutional capacity for Africa’s sustainable development. With membership from 40 African Countries, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The African Union (AU), and The World Bank. ACBF is the leading institution for capacity development in Africa.

While serving all actors, ACBF recognizes the importance of and pays attention to improving the effectiveness of Africa’s public sector institutions at local, national, regional, and continental levels to become effective systems integrators and catalysts of sustainable and transformative change.

Since its creation in 1991, ACBF has trained over 50,000 personnel in civil service, most of whom hold key positions in Ministries of Finance, Planning, Economic Development, and Central Banks across the continent. The Foundation has established a network of over 50 think tanks supporting evidence-based policymaking across Africa and conducted numerous policy research/analyses, which have been critical in informing economic management and establishing benchmarks for success.

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Fatou Diouf, Head of Communications and Influencing

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