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19/07/2017 - Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister, Head of Government; Mr. Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Governor of the African Development Bank for Cameroon; Honorable Ministers; Distinguished Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions; Honorable Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

It was a great honor to be invited by President Paul Biya to visit Cameroon, my first official visit as President of the African Development Bank Group. I was greatly honored to have been received in audience by the President of the Republic. I hail his leadership in Africa and the crucial role that he continues to play to guarantee peace and stability in the region, and his role in stabilizing the general macro-economic environment of the CEMAC region.

Categories: Cameroon, The President


04/07/2017 - Excellencies, Ministers here present,

Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Shinichi SAIDA and other Ambassadors,

Colleagues, Media Representatives,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you all for being here today for the launch of the Japan-Africa Energy Initiative, in partnership with the Government of Japan

Categories: Ethiopia, Energy & Power, The President


15/06/2017 - Your Excellency, President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique,

Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross,

Honourable Ministers, Ambassadors, Business leaders, and Friends of Africa, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

I wish to thank my dear friends Florizelle Liser, President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa, and Chairman Jeffrey Sturchio for inviting me to speak at this U.S - Africa Business Summit. It’s great to see so many people here.

Categories: United States of America, The President


29/05/2017 - Your Excellencies, I wish to thank Prime Minister Gentiloni for inviting me to participate at this G7 Summit. It sends a major message: the G7 takes Africa seriously and sees the African Development Bank as a strategic partner. Let me thank you all in the G7 for your strong support for the African Development Bank.

Categories: India, Human Capital Development, Partnerships, Employment, Youth, Education, Information & Communication Technology, Energy & Power, The President


25/05/2017 - The Chief Minister of Gujarat,

Honorable Ministers, Governors of the Bank, Distinguished Guests, Partners, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Mr. Chairman, Minister Arun Jaitley, congratulations on successfully shepherding this 52nd Annual Meetings. The way you efficiently chaired all our statutory meetings has been impressive. We are grateful to you and your staff in the Ministry of Finance of India for a job well done!

Categories: India, Partnerships, The President


20/04/2017 - Good morning everyone! I am honoured to have been asked by President Masood Ahmed to speak with you and share my vision and views on Africa’s development and the role of the African Development Bank. I wish to congratulate you on your appointment to replace Nancy Birdsall. Nancy, a great friend of the African Development Bank, did an incredible job as President. I have every confidence you will also.

Categories: Youth, Food Production, Poverty Reduction, Employment, Human Capital Development, The President


01/04/2017 - Your Excellencies, Hon. Minister of Finance, Arun Jaitley, President Kundapur Vaman Kamath of the New Development Bank, President Werner Hoyer of the European Investment Bank, President Suma Chakrabarti of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

I thank President Kamath of the New Development Bank for inviting me to this 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Bank.

Categories: India, Partnerships, The President


20/03/2017 - Good morning to you all. Welcome to the Africa CEO Forum 2017. The African Development Bank is proud to be a strategic partner of the Africa CEO Forum. President Adesina was looking forward very much to being here with you today. But, unfortunately, due to a personal family loss, he is unable to join you, but asked me to assure you that he is with you, because, and I quote him, “Africa is always on my mind”.

Categories: Switzerland, Human Capital Development, Private Sector, Partnerships, Employment, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Youth, Fragility & Resilience, Fragility & Resilience, The President


13/03/2017 - Your Excellency, Mr. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General and Chairman of the Africa Progress Panel,

Your Excellency, former President Horst Kohler of Germany, members of the Africa Progress Panel,

Eminent Members of the Special High-Level Panel of the Bank,

Your Excellencies Ambassadors,

Honorable Ministers,

Heads of Diplomatic Missions,

Board of Directors of the Bank,

Staff Colleagues,

Members of the Press,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning!

Categories: Côte d’Ivoire, Energy & Power, Partnerships, The President