The 53rd Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and 44th Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional arm of the Bank Group, are scheduled to take place from May 21-25, 2018 in Busan, Korea.

The Annual Meetings are the Bank’s largest annual event and serve to raise the profile of the institution on the global stage. In addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, which constitutes the core purpose of the gathering, these Annual Meetings will bring together thousands of delegates and participants, and will feature a number of official, knowledge and side events.

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 4,500 delegates representing multilateral finance institutions, development agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the media.

The 2018 Annual Meetings will be held on the theme: “Accelerating Africa’s Industrialization.”

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“The secret of the wealth of nations is clear: rich nations process all that they produce, while poor nations export their raw materials.” – Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank President

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