Lack of Political Will Threatens Green Growth in Africa

viagra approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>During a discussion on ‘Green Economy – the future for Africa’ at the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings in Kigali, viagra dosage Rwanda, pills Sierra Leone’s Presidential Assistant, Mr Richard Konteh said “we must beyond rhetoric and act.”

Panelists brainstormed on building a more comprehensive and robust development model, which promotes growing the African economy, while sustainably managing the continent’s natural assets and fostering social capital.

Green growth means a path of economic growth which uses natural resources in a sustainable manner.

AfDB officials said the transition to green growth and inclusive growth represents the overarching objectives of the financial institution’s strategy for 2013-2022.

Experts and government officials drawn from different parts of the world today discussed how green growth can support economic transformation and improve human welfare on the African continent.


Given the increasing demand of African countries to apply green concepts to their particular development circumstances, panelists reflected on early lessons learned from pioneering country level activities within and outside Africa.

They further explored the implications for the enabling environment and discussed support through innovative financing instruments.

The Secretary General of the East Africa Community, Richard Sezibera said Africa’s barriers to green growth “are in our minds.”

Experts reasoned that solutions exist for challenges of green growth if people are empowered to use technology innovations in their localities to exploit natural resources efficiently and in a sustainable manner.

They further observed Africa’s mindset should be changed to adapt to new trends in utilising natural resources efficiently.

It was agreed that the private sector and women must be involved as part of the efforts aimed at achieving green growth in Africa.

Panelists called for mobilization of resources to boost technology innovations.

The former South African Finance Minister, Trevor Manuel said Rwanda’s progress in realizing a clean environment is a source of inspiration to Africa and the rest of the world.

AfDB boss Donald Kaberuka said green growth will generate jobs provided it is done right.

He also reechoed the lack of political will as one of the major factors undermining efforts to boost green growth in Africa.

The event highlighted opportunities for achieving growth targets and development objectives, while maximizing natural resource use efficiency, reducing waste and pollution, and strengthening resilience of livelihoods.

The AfDB annual meetings which started on Monday drew experts and government officials from different parts of the world end on Friday.

Chimpreports continues to give a live coverage of the events

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