Jambo Africa Online’s “African Diary” is a section which announces the major multilateral meetings which will be taken place on the continent convened by such institutions as the African Union (AU); AfCFTA Secretariat; Economic Commission on Africa; Regional Economic Communities Business Councils (such as COMESA); and pan African business chamber federations such as the Africa Business Council (AfBC) and the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)

  1. 8th – 10th November 2022 

Unlocking Youth Development potential through Innovations” 

The Forum will bring together young Innovators to discuss the regional facts and latest trends in Innovation and Product Development, and understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the promotion of youth talent in technological development and innovation for the regional marketplace and globally. 

“The Future for Youth has never looked more promising , Youth making a difference, Youth on the cutting edge, Youth inspiring change”

To register, please click here.


  • Save the Date: African Development Fund replenishment meeting

What:     African Development Fund replenishment meeting

Who:      Donor country representatives, African Development Bank Group senior management

When:    15–17 September 2022

Where:   Dakar, Senegal / online and in-person

From 15 to 17 September 2022, international development partner country officials (deputies) of the African Development Fund and senior management of the African Development Bank Group will meet in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the Fund’s sixteenth replenishment (ADF-16).

ADF-16 will expand quality, sustainable, climate-resilient infrastructure investments in agriculture, energy, transport, water and sanitation, health infrastructure and other sectors. This replenishment will also see the introduction of a new climate action finance window to help Africa’s most vulnerable countries address the skewed impact of climate change on the continent.

The African Development Fund is the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group.  It supports eligible African countries in strengthening their economic capacity, reducing poverty and spurring economic and social development. International development partners replenish the Fund’s resources every three years. They are represented in the replenishment discussions by their African Development Fund deputies.

Since its inception, the Fund has had fourteen replenishments. The current replenishment period is thus the Fund’s 15th. The 16threplenishment will take place later this year.

Learn more about the African Development Fund and past replenishment cycles here.

To read about African Development Fund success stories and to visit the Fund’s virtual exhibit, click here.


Inaugural AfCFTA Conference on Women and Youth in Trade

The AfCFTA Secretariat, under the auspices of the United Republic of Tanzania, will be convening the Inaugural AfCFTA Conference on Women and Youth in Trade from 12 – 14 September 2022 in Dar es Salaam. 

The importance of Women and Youth to the AfCFTA cannot be overstated. For the AfCFTA to be truly successful, businesses, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) in critical sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing (clothing and textiles) and services (especially tourism), informal trading, and professional services in which women and youth are predominantly engaged, must be supported to thrive. 

In order to achieve this objective, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union cemented a commitment to include a Protocol on Women and Youth in Trade in the scope of the AfCFTA Agreement. Therefore, in support of the preparatory phase of developing the Protocol and under the auspices of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Conference dubbed: “Women and Youth: The Engine of AfCFTA Trade in Africa”, is being organised.

The purpose of the Conference is to promote the participation of women and youth in trade, as they are the heart of trade on our continent, and thus need to be brought to be prioritised to foster opportunities under the Agreement.

The Conference will feature panels, report launches, Q&A sessions and fireside chats with key personalities including Heads of States, political and business leaders across the continent. The sessions will be streamed live for online participants

Media should be directed to Grace Khoza, Principal Communications Advisor: AfCFTA Secretariat, at Grace.Khoza@au-afcfta.org or +233 551606606

AfCFTA Guided Trade Field Tour of the Kotoka International Airport

The AfCFTA Guided Trade is an initiative of the AfCFTA Secretariat to kick-start trade between and among countries that have signaled their readiness to commence commercially meaningful trade under the AfCFTA. The AfCFTA Secretariat is working closely with the Government of the Republic of Ghana, through the National Coordination Office, to facilitate Guided Trade and match-make export and import businesses from pilot countries. 

The first Field Tour of the Guided Trade Initiative took place in Takoradi where the AfCFTA Secretariat, in collaboration with the Ghana National (AfCFTA) Coordination Office, Ministry of Trade and Industry of Ghana, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), and the Ghana National
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) organised a tour of companies in Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana.

Following up on this, representatives from the AfCFTA Secretariat embarked on a second field visit to the Kotoka International Airport to receive a tour of the facilities. The purpose of this visit was to inspect the facilities at the airport and the premises where the event launch will be held on 26 September 2022.

Media should be directed to Grace Khoza, Principal Communications Advisor: AfCFTA Secretariat, at Grace.Khoza@au-afcfta.org or +233 551606606