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Tue, Apr 3, 2018

Who are the winners and losers of Africa’s new free trade agreement?

Last month, the leaders of forty-four African nations signed a framework agreement to form a continental free-trade zone that will encompass a billion people and up to $3 trillion of cumulative GDP. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) would be the largest free trade agreement since the founding of the World Trade Organization over […]

AfricaSource by Abdoul Salam Bello and Jonathan Gass

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Abdoul Salam Bello is a visiting fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. He is currently an adviser to the World Bank Group, where he specializes in international relations, African development, and strategy.

From 2012 to 2014, Bello served as chief of staff to the African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU-NEPAD) Agency in South Africa. Previously, he worked for the Islamic Development Bank Group in Saudi Arabia and for the Renault Group in France.

Bello was in charge of the preparation of AU-NEPAD participation in G8 Summits (Camp David in the US and Lough Erne in Northern Ireland), the G20 Summit, the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, and the UN General Assembly (sixty-seventh to sixty-ninth sessions, from 2012 to 2014). He helped to organize several AU-NEPAD heads of state and government summits from 2012 to 2014.

He has authored various reports on AU partnerships and co-authored the Africa/G8 Accountability Report on HIV in collaboration with the AU and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, which was subsequently endorsed by African heads of state at the 2013 and 2014 AU Summits. He also co-authored a domestic resource mobilization study in collaboration with the African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the United Nations Development Programme, which identified instruments and measures available for operationalizing regional infrastructure and agriculture initiatives. This study was also endorsed at the AU Summits.

Bello is a telecoms engineer and holds a master’s from HEC School of Management in Paris, France, a master’s in management of international activities from University of Lyon, as well as a master’s in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from University of Paris Orsay. He also has a certificate in strategy from the Paris Military School.

Bello has published articles related to the financing of Africa’s infrastructure in Jeune Afrique and Africa Renewal.