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18/10/2016 - Good morning everyone.

I welcome you all very warmly to this West Africa Regional Ministerial Conference. We are here to discuss the future of Africa’s youth and how we will create jobs for them. The attendance of so many Ministers is a clear indication that your Governments pay great attention to youth unemployment. I am delighted we have so many young people in this auditorium. We are here for you: you are the future.

Categories: Côte d’Ivoire, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Employment, Partnerships, Youth, Human Capital Development, Poverty Reduction, President's Corner

17/10/2016 - Your Excellency President Joyce Banda, Professor M.S. Swaminathan, the Borlaug family, John and Janet Ruan, the World Food Prize Laureates, Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, and the future leaders in agriculture. I am delighted to be here with you all today. It is such a great honor for Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, to have invited me to be keynote speaker today. Thank you very much Ambassador Quinn, my dear friend; Professor Swaminathan; the Board members and staff of the World Food Prize Foundation, for all the great work you do. And congratulations as you celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the World Food Prize.

Categories: United States of America, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Human Capital Development, Food Production, Partnerships, Nutrition, Youth, Education, President's Corner

04/10/2016 - Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, urged African countries to compete in global value chains, as rising wages in China open new opportunities. In a Keynote speech delivered at the FT 2016 Africa Summit on Monday, Adesina argued that African countries must invest in critical infrastructure such as roads, ports and rail, aviation and ICT to take advantage of the region’s abundant labor and lower wages to attract light manufacturing. Success, however, will depend on putting in place sound industrial development policies.

Categories: United Kingdom, President's Corner

30/06/2016 - Governors, ADF Deputies, Executive Directors, observers from other multilateral development banks, staff of the African Development Bank Group, ladies and gentlemen....

Categories: ADF, Partnerships, Human Capital Development, Poverty Reduction, Fragile States Facility, Fragile States Facility, President's Corner

13/06/2016 - Good morning Your Excellency President Paul Kagame ably represented by the Prime Minister, Honorable Anastase Murekezi, the AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, H.E. Martial de Paul Ikounga, the EU Representative in Rwanda, H.E. Michael Ryan, Hon. Geraldine Mukeshimana, Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources for Rwanda, Honorable Ministers, heads of diplomatic agencies, scientists, farmers, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. Let me welcome you all to the 7th African Agricultural Science Week and FARA General Assembly.

Categories: Rwanda, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Partnerships, President's Corner

27/05/2016 - African Development Bank Group 2016 Annual Meetings

Closing ceremony, 27 May 2016

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group

Categories: Zambia, President's Corner

24/05/2016 - Mwauka buaji!

I wish to welcome you to these Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group. You, our shareholders, friends of Africa, are the ones that make this meeting an exciting one. I wish to express my personal gratitude to the President of Zambia, President Edgar Lungu, and the Government and the people of Zambia, for their hard work and generosity in hosting us in their beautiful country.

Categories: Zambia, President's Corner

03/05/2016 - Excellence, Monsieur le Ministre de l’Economie, des Finances et du Plan, Gouverneur de la Banque pour le Sénégal ;

Excellence, Monsieur le Ministre des Infrastructures, des Transports Terrestres et du Désenclavement ;

Excellence, Monsieur le Ministre de l’Hydraulique et de l’Assainissement ;

Excellence, Monsieur le Ministre de la Jeunesse, de l’Emploi et de la Construction Citoyenne ;

Excellence, Monsieur le Secrétaire d’Etat au Réseau Ferroviaire ;

Excellence, Monsieur l’Ambassadeur du Sénégal en Côte d’Ivoire ;

Messieurs les Conseillers et Directeurs Généraux, membres de la délégation sénégalaise ;

Chers Collègues du Groupe de la Banque,

Categories: President's Corner

21/04/2016 - Good afternoon, everyone!

I wish to thank Bill Gates for his thought-provoking speech. Bill, you and your wife, Melinda, are extraordinary human beings: you care deeply about people. And as you always remind us “every life has equal value”. Your compassion, humility and commitment to improving the lives of others are inspiring for every one of us – even as we tackle one of the greatest challenges facing our world today: malnutrition.

Categories: Food Production, Human Capital Development, Health, Gender, Youth, Nutrition, President's Corner

15/04/2016 - Dear Sarah Brown, Executive Chair, Global Business Coalition for Education.

Dear Heads of delegations, Development Agencies, Business Leaders and Foundation Representatives; Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen. All protocols observed.

I wish to thank Sarah Brown particularly for her invitation and her remarkable commitment to engage the business community in the equity and education agenda through strong, coordinated partnerships with the public sector and foundation actors.

Categories: United States of America, Education, Partnerships, Human Capital Development, President's Corner