This year’s African Development Bank Annual Meetings will take place from Monday, May 25 to Friday, May, 29, 2015 at the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The 50th Annual Meetings for the African Development Bank and the 41st meetings of its soft loan affiliate, the African Development Fund (ADF), will focus on the theme “Africa and the New Global Landscape”. The event, where key decisions about the Bank Group are made each year, is attended by Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from the Bank’s 54 regional member countries (RMCs) and 26 non-regional member countries, and attracts more than 2,500 delegates representing multilateral finance institutions, development agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the media. During the Annual Meetings, the Bank’s 50th anniversary and the 50 years of the Bank’s contribution to the development of Africa will also be marked, and a new AfDB President will be elected

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It is important to remember that the so-called “New Africa” is made up of 54 countries in five regions. Africa is not a single monolithic whole. The only safe generalisation is that Africa is planning, managing and starting to finance its own destiny.

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President