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Canadian Envoy Reassures Africa On Actualization Of SDGs


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Kati Csaba has reaffirmed the commitment of the diplomatic community to working with African countries in order to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the continent.

The envoy gave the assurance in Accra while speaking at a breakfast meeting attended by diplomats and representatives of international agencies.

The meeting was attended by the President of African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. who was on a three-day visit to Ghana ahead of the Bank’s 2022 Annual Meetings, due to take place in Accra from the 23rd to 27th of May.

He was accompanied by the Bank Group’s Secretary General, Vincent Nmehielle; Acting Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Kevin Urama and the Director General in the Office of the President Alex Mubiru.

The Executive Director representing The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan, Kenyeh Barlay; and the Bank Group’s Ghana Country Manager Eyerusalem Fasika, Ghana’s Finance Minister Kenneth Ofori-Atta, Chair of the African Development Bank Group’s Board of Governors, deputy Central Bank Governor Elsie Awadzi and the Bank Group’s Executive Director for Ghana Kenyeh Barlay, were also in attendance

Csaba, who is also co-chair of development partners working in Ghana, said the diplomatic community is also committed to joining forces with countries across the continent in tackling climate change.

She noted that the Accra meetings provide a timely opportunity for the development community to join hands with the Bank Group and leaders to deliberate on the continent’s many challenges.

“We are talking about the impact of Covid-19 economically, and from the human, social and health perspective, and how we pull ourselves towards recovery. The impact of the Russian war in Ukraine is having a major impact around the world and it is good that we should get together to see how we can address the issues, including food security, inflation and rising gas prices”, she said.

In his remarks, the Bank chief, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina noted that African countries need more resources to fight climate change, to deal with insecurity, debt, and the impact of war in Ukraine, adding that funds are also needed to address the massive infrastructure deficit, growing urbanization, and youth unemployment.



Dr. Adesina therefore urged international development agencies in Africa to rally behind his institution’s efforts to mobilize more resources to help build resilience for sustainable development across Africa.

He said the Bank’s Annual Meetings would feature a presidential dialogue to make a case for more International Monetary Fund special drawing rights for Africa. He further explained that the dialogue would also make a case for a substantial replenishment of the African Development Fund, the Bank Group’s concessional lending arm.

“We are making the case for a strong 16th replenishment of the African Development Fund. It is crucial for Africa, and I will very much appreciate your advocacy for a substantial replenishment,” Adesina stressed. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fund’s establishment.

The Bank Group president said his organization is committed to doing more to improve livelihoods on the continent. “We need to have a lot more to drive a just energy transition, climate adaptation, to invest in infrastructure, in food production and to build resilience for Africa”, he added.

He thanked African Development Fund member countries for their commitment to the Fund over the years. “You stayed true to the African Development Fund for the last 50 years. During that period, the Fund has provided about $45 billion financing to countries across Africa, including many states in fragile situations”, he stressed.

Similarly, Ofori-Atta said the Bank Group’s 2022 Annual Meetings offer a critical opportunity to discuss how to bolster the centrality of the Bank in mobilizing critical financing to propel development in African countries.

African leaders will use the gathering to discuss how to draw more private sector inflows to finance critical cross-cutting needs. “It is the type of energy that we want to send to your countries”, he told the international development partners at the meeting.


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