Our Objective and Mandate

The high 5s for transforming africa

The High 5 development priorities for Africa driving the Bank’s work across the continent: 

  • Light up and power Africa
  • Feed Africa
  • Industrialize Africa
  • Integrate Africa
  • Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa

These focus areas are essential in transforming the lives of the African people and therefore consistent with the United Nations agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Integrate Africa

Free movement of people is a cornerstone of regional integration and the Bank’s vision to create the next global market in Africa. Creating larger, more attractive markets and supporting intra-African trade are boosted by greater mobility. When business people and traders move more easily across the continent, thanks to liberal visa policies, they bring higher levels of investment, fresh skills and expand the range of goods and services on offer.

To deliver on Integrate Africa, the Bank is developing a new regional integration strategy to expand the size of the regional market through: building regional infrastructure; boosting intra-African trade and investment; and, facilitating the movement of people across borders. The Africa Visa Openness Index will play a central role in operationalizing the new strategy.

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