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20/09/2018 - Your Excellencies

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning - and thank you for joining us.

I am delighted that many chief Executives of major companies in Canada and numerous institutional and private investors are here with us today. We could not have asked for a better company.

Categories: Canada, The President


19/09/2018 - Your Excellencies, I thank you for your gracious acceptance of our invitation to this meeting. It is an honour to address you, and I am delighted to meet with you and hope this is the first of many such engagements with you.

Categories: Canada, The President


18/09/2018 - Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. Good afternoon!

It is such a great pleasure to be here for this landmark occasion. Let me first congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Minister of International Development, Marie Claude Bibeau; and Mr. Paul Lamontagne, on the inauguration of FinDev Canada today.

Categories: Canada, The President


18/09/2018 - Your Excellencies, I thank you for your gracious acceptance of our invitation to this lunch meeting. It’s great to see you all, once again, and I’m delighted that we continue to maintain the fine tradition of meeting on each occasion that I have the opportunity to visit Japan.

Categories: Japan, The President


27/08/2018 - Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Executive Director of the World Food Program

Your Excellencies, esteemed Ambassadors here in Rome,

African Permanent Representatives to Rome-based international agencies,

Heads of other international institutions and non-governmental organizations,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very thankful to the FAO Director-General, my brother and friend Jose Graziano da Silva, for giving me this opportunity to give this public lecture. I am delighted to be with you in Rome today as we all share our commitment to addressing agriculture and food security issues in Africa. These issues are critical not only to economic development across the continent but to the future of food production in the world over the next generation.

Categories: Italy, Agriculture & Agro-industries, The President


18/07/2018 - Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to join you here today to witness the signing of the Declaration on the “Development Financing Compact for Lusophone Countries”.

Categories: Cabo Verde, The President


26/06/2018 - Your Excellency and my dear brother, President Faure Gnassingbe, the Prime Minister, Honorable Ministers and members of the Government,

The President of the National Assembly,

The President of IFAD,

Ambassadors and heads of diplomatic agencies,

CEO of NIRSAL, CEOs of Banks, CEOs of agribusiness firms and farmers, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

Categories: Togo, The President


23/05/2018 - Welcome to the 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group! I am delighted to be in Korea – in the Smart City of Busan! So smart, that part of Black Panther, the new blockbuster movie rocking the world, was shot right here!

Categories: Korea, The President


22/05/2018 - I am very pleased to be here in Korea once again with a large group of my colleagues to attend this KOAFEC Ministerial Meeting.

I wish to thank the Government of Korea for hosting us and for choosing a very timely and important theme, “Africa and the 4th industrial revolution: Opportunities for leapfrogging?” This year’s theme cuts neatly across all the African Development Bank’s High 5s: Light up and power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

Categories: Korea, The President


22/05/2018 - It’s been a great day together. I’d like to congratulate the Government of Korea on it very successful and meticulous planning of the KOAFEC Conference, which has once again been both a genuine pleasure and an occasion for huge learning for us at the African Development Bank as we seek to accelerate the economic development of Africa.

Categories: Korea, The President