The 2017 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will be held on May 22-26, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India. The Annual Meetings are the Bank’s largest annual event and serve to raise the profile of the institution on the global stage. Find out more

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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


16/02/2017 - Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thanks to all of you for doing us the honour of attending our annual gathering. Let me start by wishing you and all your families a happy New Year.

We are always delighted to welcome the diplomatic community and the international institutions to this annual luncheon with the African Development Bank.

Categories: Côte d’Ivoire, Human Capital Development, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Partnerships, The President


14/01/2017 - Excellencies. I thank President of Mali, my big brother Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, for organizing this Forum, and my dear friend, Africa's friend, President Hollande of France, for his exceptional support for Africa.

Categories: Mali, The President


13/01/2017 - Bonsoir mesdames et messieurs ! Je suis ravi d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui et il est réjouissant de voir un tel aéropage d’hommes d’affaires, de leaders d’opinion mondiaux, de partenaires et de collègues du développement de l’Afrique.


10/01/2017 - Honorable Ahmed Bakayoko, Minister of State for Interior and Security of Côte d’Ivoire;

Mr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal and President of Panafrican Institute of Strategy;

Mr. Ayodele Odusola, Chief Economist of UNDP Africa Regional Bureau in New York, representing Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Director of the UNDP Africa Regional Bureau in New York;

Categories: Fragility & Resilience, Human Capital Development, Partnerships, Employment, Fragility & Resilience, The President


05/12/2016 - Good morning! I wish to warmly welcome you all to this African Economic Conference, being held in Abuja. Unlocking the potential of agro-industrial development across all of Africa is what this conference is about. The choice of Nigeria to host this is significant: it is the most populous African country, with enormous potential in agriculture. If well managed, Nigeria has the potential to become a global powerhouse through agro-industrialization

Categories: The President