Wednesday Dec 6, 2023
Wednesday Dec 6, 2023

African Development Bank launches country-by-country reports

2023 Sep 30, 19:01,

Ahead of the 28th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 28), the African Development Bank Group has launched country-by-country economic reports to guide African policymakers in their discussions at the global event.

The new Country Focus Reports (CFRs) provide analysis and policy recommendations to strengthen countries' active participation at COP28, which takes place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12. The theme of the reports is "Mobilising private sector finance for climate and green growth in Africa".

The reports foster policy dialogue on macroeconomic performance and outlook and provide insights on mobilising private sector and natural capital finance to drive the continent’s climate resilience and green growth policies.

Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank Group, Prof Kevin Urama, said they would help evoke “sound, practical and implementable policies” to enhance private sector financing for climate change and green growth.

“As countries prepare for COP28, the reports provide each African country with independent, verified analysis and recommendations for evidence-based negotiations during the global conversation on climate finance and green transitions,” Urama said.

The reports contain several short, medium, and long-term policies to accelerate African countries' economic growth and build resilience to shocks. They provide governments and potential investors with up-to-date, accurate data to inform policy and investment decisions.

With climate change identified as one of the most pressing existential threats to Africa's inclusive growth and sustainable development, this year's country reports explore opportunities to leverage private sector resources and natural capital to close the climate finance gap. This, in turn, will support the transition to inclusive, strong, and sustainable green growth.

The African Development Bank's Acting Director of Country Economics, Ferdinand Bakoup, said the Country Focus Reports 2023 build on the African Economic Outlook 2023, which was launched in May, and the subsequent Regional Economic Outlooks launched in July.

He said: "The CFRs' detailed country-level analysis and policy recommendations will impact policy design and future projects and programmes in African countries.”

Through these continental, regional, and country-specific reports, the African Development Bank Group seeks to reduce the information imbalances that result from generalising about countries across a very diverse continent.

The document highlights how governments can strengthen macroeconomic performance and outlook and catalyse private sector and natural capital finance to support climate action and green growth initiatives in the country. These include green bonds, debt for climate swaps, green banks, blended finance, carbon markets, and several other innovative financing instruments.

The African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2023 and the Regional Economic Outlook reports highlight the resilience of several African economies despite a series of compounding shocks in recent years: the COVID-19 pandemic, persistent impact of climate change, global conflicts, financial market volatility, rising debt vulnerabilities, and more. The Country Focus Reports give more specific insights for each African country. 


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