Is Africa ready for green growth? New report assesses Gabon, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia

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A new report co-authored by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and the Global Green Growth Institute, found evidence of growing political commitment to green growth in Africa.


Africa Green Growth Readiness Assessment Report was launched on Wednesday during a side-event at 15and session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which takes place in Abidjan from 9 to 20 May.

The study focused on in-depth analysis in seven countries, namely Gabon, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia. The results are based on nine strategic and operational dimensions, including political commitment, policy and planning, and financing and budgeting. The authors define green growth as “the means to promote and maximize opportunities for sustainable economic development by building resilience and managing resources efficiently…”

Al-Hamndou Dorsouma, Head of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank, said: “This report should stimulate valuable dialogue and debate on how to advance climate action and green growth in Africa. For the Bank, investing in green growth requires both policy interventions and adequate financing, especially since green growth investments require significant up-front financing to harness innovative environmental solutions and clean technologies. This includes building resilient and low-carbon economies, smart and sustainable cities, green industrialization, and building climate-resilient infrastructure.

Dr. Malle Fofana, Director and Head of Programs for Africa at the Global Green Growth Institute, said: “Data-driven decision-making is fundamental, especially when it comes to issues related to climate change. This report has provided a wide range of practical opportunities and recommendations that will help African leaders play a critical role in supporting green growth models. The Global Green Growth Institute, as an intergovernmental organization, is dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies.

The assessment found evidence that African leaders are actively championing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and simultaneously implementing Nationally Determined Contributions, a component of the Paris climate treaty. In addition, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia have enshrined in their constitutions the fundamentals of green growth, including the right to a clean and safe environment and the right of citizens to consultation. The governments of Rwanda, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal and Mozambique have adopted green growth and climate-resilient economic strategies.

At the other end of the spectrum, the assessment found that the remaining indicators left the most room for improvement, namely: sectoral, legal and regulatory, financing and budget, research and development and innovation, human resources and capacity. , monitoring and reporting.

Read the full Africa Green Growth Readiness Assessment report here (https://bit.ly/3FIuDDz).

Distributed by APO Group for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

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About the African Development Bank Group:
The African Development Bank Group is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). Present in 41 African countries with an external office in Japan, the Bank contributes to the economic development and social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information: www.AfDB.org

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