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European Investment Bank-AfDB Africa Day 2016

Event location: 
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with European Investment Bank (EIB) is organising the second Africa Day. The event will take place on November 21, 2016 at the AfDB’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. This year, participants will explore vital themes for Africa to fulfil its potential, by creating good jobs for young people across a range of sectors. They will also share perspectives on the crucial role to be played by innovation and sustainable development. This is where financing can have the greatest impact.

At the Africa Day, the Presidents of the AfDB and the EIB are expected to launch Boost Africa, a new vehicle which will enable and enhance entrepreneurship and innovation across Africa in a commercially viable way, including through the boosting of the Venture Capital space in the continent geared towards supporting innovative ventures and start-ups.

Confirmed speakers of the conference include Daniel Kablan Duncan, Côte d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister; Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB); Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank (EIB); as well as prominent academics and leading representatives of the African business and banking world.

The AfDB-EIB Africa Day is an agenda-setting event for those who wish to take part in the debate on how to enable youth employment, innovation and inclusive growth across the African economies. It is a must-attend for those who wish to make a contribution to investing in the future of Africa. Senior delegates from international institutions, governmental institutions and agencies, entrepreneurs, academics, private sector and civil society leaders are also expected at the conference. Delegates from Research & Development, education, banking, agro-business, energy, ICT and manufacturing are particularly encouraged to participate.

Participation is upon invitation only. Please fill in the attached registration request and send to to receive an invitation.

Conference participation is free of charge.


  • Monday, November 21, 2016: AfDB Headquarters, 6 Avenue Joseph Anoma, Abidjan 01, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016: Hotel Sofitel, Boulevard Hassan, Abidjan 08, Côte d’Ivoire


Delegates shall ensure their own travel and hotel reservations. The following websites offer hotel information and useful tips for conference participants:


It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his/her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure.

Individuals requiring an official Letter of Invitation can request one below. The Letter of Invitation does not financially obligate the conference organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the conference are the sole responsibility of the attendee.


If you wish to register for the Africa Day 2016 please fill in this form in English before Tuesday 15 November 2016. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Kindly  fill in your registration request by clicking here.


For information on the conference agenda and speakers, please contact:

Questions on conference logistics should be addressed to

Questions on media events should be addressed to


The full conference agenda will be published soon.

Plenary sessions and break-out sessions will focus on the twin challenge of youth employment and innovation.


The working languages of the conference will be English and French with simultaneous interpretations throughout all sessions


On the morning of Tuesday, November 22, 2016, both organising institutions, the AfDB and EIB, will make available a number of experts at the Hotel Sofitel to discuss individual projects and provide hands-on advice for projects related to the following sectors:

  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Health
  • Education
  • Agribusiness

Registrations for these meetings will be taken during conference accreditation November 21, 2016.

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