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Executive Secretary visits the Australian High Commission in Nairobi

14 Nov, 2014

Australian High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Geoff ToothOn Thursday 13 November 2014, the Executive Secretary, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie, paid a courtesy call to the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Geoff Tooth.  The visit was part of Professor Nnadozie’s official visit to Kenya during which he held meetings with senior government officials.

The High Commissioner expressed his appreciation to Professor Nnadozie for meeting with him. On his part, Professor Nnadozie thanked the High Commissioner and also expressed his appreciation to the Australian Government for contracting ACBF as Resource Facility Manager for the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES). Professor Nnadozie briefed the High Commissioner on current reforms in ACBF geared towards emphasis to results and sustainability. Professor Nnadozie added that that he looks forward to more partnership opportunities with the Australian Government in Africa.

“This visit reflects our commitment to growing our partnership with the Australian Government in implementing their aid program in Africa. For example, ACBF can work with the Australian Government in strengthening capacity for effective strategies, legal frameworks and policies to improve governance of extractive industries in the Continent.” Noted Professor Nnadozie.

AACES is a partnership of the Australian Government, 10 Australian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and their Africa-based partners. The $90 million program is funded by the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The program focuses on marginalised communities, with particular attention to women, children, people with disability and people vulnerable to disaster. It is being implemented in 11 African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As Resource Facility for AACES, ACBF provides administrative and technical support to the program.

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