• My speech on behalf of the AUC Chairperson to mark the beginning of African Dialogue Series 2018, New York

    Ladies, and gentlemen It is a privilege to address you today on behalf of His Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. This is indeed an opportune time to take stock and chart the way forward to enhancing strategic partnerships in a context where multilateralism is being attacked, and questions […]

  • Infrastructure, agriculture, tuberculosis: a week in New York focused on action

    I would like to share with you some impressions from New York, where I went to represent the NEPAD Agency at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. This week was rich in events and exchanges. My meeting with Rodger Voorhies, Executive Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provided an opportunity […]

  • Africa must look to Eisenhower for inspiration

    Extraordinary challenges demand radical thinking. The US, home to the world’s most developed road system, had no proper national system of freeways until the 1950s. The only reason the land of free enterprise engaged in road building on such an unprecedented scale was that the state mandated it. Through the landmark Federal Aid Highway Act […]

  • THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THE RURAL AREA

    African Agriculture Facing Challenges of Entrepreneurship. We need to challenge the traditional sources of financing and investment in the agricultural sector and introduce alternative, innovative private sector financing methods. Not a week goes by without a trade show or newspaper article dedicated to African agriculture. The topics range from the untapped potential of African agriculture […]

  • Africa, China and debt: let there be no mistake as to what is at issue here

    President XI Jinping has definitely spent his 2018 summer working on Africa. In July, the Chinese president chose Africa as the first international destination since his re-election to a new five-year term, with different stages in Senegal, Rwanda and South Africa – on the occasion of the BRICS summit – and in Mauritius. And this Monday […]

  • Tokyo Dispatch: Japan Wants To Become Africa’s Preferred Innovation Partner

    “My advice to Japanese firms investing in Africa? Look for the countries where states have created a robust innovation ecosystem,” Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) told Japanese and African public and private sector participants in an informal session on  innovation in Africa, held at the Tokyo UN University on August 2. […]

  • High level advocacy for nutrition in Africa

    Recognising the debilitating effects of hidden hunger, African governments and stakeholders have over the years been implementing several strategic interventions. Among the interventions are food fortification, dietary diversification, vitamin and mineral supplementation, public health interventions such as deworming and of late, biofortification. As part of their efforts to promote Food and Nutrition Security for Sustainable […]

  • NEPAD-JICA annual partnership dialogue

    Picture of Dr Mayaki with the President of JICA, Dr Kitaoka. Via The NEPAD Agency’s website: Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, NEPAD Agency’s CEO, led a delegation to Japan to attend NEPAD-JICA annual dialogue from 28 July to 5 August. The objective of NEPAD-JICA annual partnership dialogue was to discuss the progress made and future plans for further […]

  • At a time when BRICS nations affirm their proximity, intra-African trade must be our priority

    While the BRICS heads of state (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) are meeting in South Africa for their tenth summit, it seems essential to me to recall why the issue of intra-African trade is crucial if we want to assert ourselves as a continent of equal playing with the other big emerging countries of […]

  • Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s centenary and his legacy

    As this year marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela, I wish to share with you the ways in which his legacy has influenced our team at NEPAD and the projects that we are conducting. Nelson Mandela is remembered as an advocate for peace, equality, and freedom. As an individual, he never failed to prove his […]