The 2015 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group (African Development Bank and African Development Fund) will be held in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, at the Congress Hall of Sofitel Hôtel Ivoire, from 25 to 29 May 2015.

The event is expected to bring together about 4,000 participants, including delegates of AfDB Member States from Africa, America, Europe and Asia (Ministers of Economy and Finance, Central Bank Governors) as well as representatives of several regional and international financial organizations.

These Meetings will discuss several themes of common interest to the African continent that are in line with AfDB strategic orientations for the coming years. The Meetings this year are of particular significance as they mark the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Bank. The Annual Meetings also coincide with a number of international events seeking to find innovative solutions for the development of Africa, other developing regions and the world in general. The events will cover issues related to development finance, climate change and the setting new goals for sustainable development.

Reception at the Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport of Abidjan and Transportation to the City

An Information and Protocol Desk will be set up at the Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport of Abidjan to expedite entry and departure formalities for participants. Upon arrival, Heads of Delegation will be received by the Protocol Services at the Abidjan Airport VIP Lounges. A car with a driver and a liaison officer will be provided for each Governor.

Shuttle buses will transport participants from the airport to their hotels and from their hotels to the Congress Centre of Sofitel Hôtel Ivoire, where the Annual Meetings will be held.

Hotel Accommodation in Abidjan

Abidjan, the economic capital of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, is a metropolitan city of more than five (5) million inhabitants. A Hub in West Africa and also known as Little Manhattan, Abidjan has many places that are suitable for meetings, conferences and various high-level seminars. The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is a major tourist and business destination.

Abidjan has several hotels and residence-hotels of all categories (see list).

The Vice-Presidency-General Secretariat of the Bank will make room reservations for Governors, Alternate Governors and special guests at Sofitel Hôtel Ivoire.

For all other participants and observers at the Annual Meetings who will be responsible for their own accommodation, the Ivorian authorities have negotiated reduced rates for the period with the owners of hotels and residence-hotels. The list of these hotels and resorts managed by the National Organizing Committee (NOC) for the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and their rates are available on the portal of the 2015 Annual Meetings. Reservations must therefore be made through this platform provided by the NOC on the AfDB website. The list of hotels and residences can be accessed through the following link:

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