29 November 2013, Geneva, Switzerland – The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) launched a new regional Finance and Investment Training Programme at Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) in Nairobi, Kenya. The broad objective of the Programme is to provide support for the further integration of non-Arab African countries into the global economy. The program will place a particular emphasis on the fostering of cooperation between African countries and Arab States for increased knowledge creation and exchange.

The first session under the new Programme addressed key issues related to Finance and Investment in Africa and ran at KSMS from 4 to 15 November 2013. To facilitate the strengthening of African economic and financial linkages, the results-based training program specifically explored areas of: (i) regional investment facilitation, (ii) infrastructural development, and (iii) bilateral investment treaties.

The highlights of the two-week course included the lively, well-informed and instructive discussions, facilitated by the Course Director, Prof. Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu of Manchester University School of Law. These discussions allowed the fruitful exchange of ideas, experiences and opinions between participants and the opportunity to engage with the Course Director and the invited speakers who included Prof. Kinandu Muragu (Executive Director, Kenya School of Monetary Studies), Mr. Habil O. Olaka (Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Bankers Association), and Mr. Godfrey Kyama (Commonwealth eBanking Advisor to Central Bank of Kenya).

The session was a success, with very favourable reviews in the reaction survey conducted at the end of the course. Of the surveyed participants, the vast majority indicated a very high level of satisfaction with the course, and 75% indicated that they would recommend this course to a colleague. Participants’ comments about the course were generally positive, testifying to the utility of the information and skills learned and the expertise and helpful facilitation of Prof. Ngangjoh Hodu and the invited speakers. Below are two comments received from participants through the end-of-course survey.

“The workshop was very informative and the guest lecturers were well tailored towards the workshop objectives”. (Anonymous participant/ through end-of-course survey)

“Overall, this was a very good course, useful to professionals and is highly recommended”. (Anonymous participant/ through end-of-course survey)

Eighteen (18) senior and middle level finance sector officials from 17 Anglophone African countries successfully completed this two-week training workshop which is sponsored by BADEA, and received a Certificate of Participation from BADEA and UNITAR at the end of the course.

The second and third session under the BADEA-UNITAR Training Programme will be held in Dakar (Senegal) in the French language and in Maputo (Mozambique) in the Portuguese language. Governments of the countries concerned will be invited to nominate participants from December 2013. Further sessions in the English language will be announced in 2014.

For more information please see https://www.unitar.org/event/badea-unitar-workshop-finance-and-investment-africa.

For more information about the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) please visit http://www.badea.org/.