Governance & Leadership
Mrs. Cristina Duarte has 32 years of professional experience, most of which is in leadership and senior management positions in government and in the private sector. She served Cape Verde as Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration from 2006 to 2016. Prior to that, she was the Director of a reform program on private sector development and competitiveness. In the private sector, she rose to become Vice President, Country Corporate Officer and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking of Citibank, Angola. Over her long career, she has developed strong leadership and strategic management skills, played an instrumental role in public policy making and in the private sector. Mrs. Duarte is committed to public service. She was the only female candidate in the 2015 election for the Presidency of the African Development Bank. She used this opportunity to present her vision for Africa’s transformation. She has an abiding interest in issues of governance, private sector development, and particular competence in international negotiations, strategic and scenarios planning, development policy and management, and institution building.
As Minister of Finance and Planning, she implemented a transformational agenda of the public finance management system in Cabo Verde, which has become a reference in Africa when in 2013 Cabo Verde won “All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards”. Mrs. Duarte has been extensively engaged in visioning and strategic planning exercises throughout her career.
Agribusinesses and African Smallholders Seize $1 Trillion Food Market as Meals Replace Minerals to Restart African Economic Growth, New Report
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food
Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders
Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this
New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched
Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the