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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 has found evidence of growing political commitment to green growth in Africa.



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

The study focused on an in-depth analysis of seven countries, namely Gabon, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.  The findings 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 through building resilience and efficient resource management…”

Al-Hamndou Dorsouma, Officer in Charge of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank, said: “This report is expected to stimulate valuable dialogue and debate on ways to promote climate action and green growth in Africa.  For the Bank, investing in green growth requires both policy interventions and adequate financing, especially as investments in green growth require significant upfront financing to take advantage of innovative environmental solutions and clean technologies.  This includes building low-carbon and resilient economies, smart and sustainable cities, green industrialization and building climate-resilient infrastructure.”

Dr. Malle Fofana, Director and Head of Africa Programs at the Global Green Growth Institute, said: “Data-driven decision-making is critical, especially in relation to climate change-related issues.  This report provided a broad spectrum of opportunities and practical 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 upholding the UN Sustainable Development Goals while also implementing Nationally Determined Contributions, a component of the Paris climate treaty.  Additionally, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia have enshrined the foundations of green growth, including the right to a clean and safe environment and the right of citizens to consultation, in their constitutions.  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 evaluation found that the remaining indicators left more room for improvement, namely: sectoral, legal and regulatory, financing and budget, research and development and innovation, human resources and capacity, and monitoring and reporting.

Read the full Africa Green Growth Readiness Assessment Report here (https://bit.ly/3FIuDDz).
Is Africa ready for green growth? New report assesses Gabon, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia

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

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

The study focused on an in-depth analysis of seven countries, namely Gabon, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia. The findings 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 through building resilience and efficient resource management…”

Al-Hamndou Dorsouma, Officer in Charge of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank, said: “This report is expected to stimulate valuable dialogue and debate on ways to promote climate action and green growth in Africa. For the Bank, investing in green growth requires both policy interventions and adequate financing, especially as investments in green growth require significant upfront financing to take advantage of innovative environmental solutions and clean technologies. This includes building low-carbon and resilient economies, smart and sustainable cities, green industrialization and building climate-resilient infrastructure.”

Dr. Malle Fofana, Director and Head of Africa Programs at the Global Green Growth Institute, said: “Data-driven decision-making is critical, especially in relation to climate change-related issues. This report provided a broad spectrum of opportunities and practical 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 upholding the UN Sustainable Development Goals while also implementing Nationally Determined Contributions, a component of the Paris climate treaty. Additionally, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia have enshrined the foundations of green growth, including the right to a clean and safe environment and the right of citizens to consultation, in their constitutions. 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 evaluation found that the remaining indicators left more room for improvement, namely: sectoral, legal and regulatory, financing and budget, research and development and innovation, human resources and capacity, and monitoring and reporting.

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

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