Italy

06-Dec-2018

Speech Delivered by President Akinwumi A. Adesina Joint Interactive Session with the Minister of Finance of Italy, Giovanni Tria, at the Ministry of Finance, Rome, Italy, 6th December 2018

Good morning everyone. Thank you Minister of Finance, Giovanni Tria, for inviting me to this special session with you this morning. Yesterday we had a great day at the Ministry of Finance with Governors of the African Development Bank, as we discussed Africa’s development and prospects.   Today, you have gathered here an impressive number of personalities, to discuss Africa. I can say clearly, that Africa is on your mind – and that makes be very happy!   I know you all will be keen to know more about developments in Africa, the role of the African development Bank,...
27-Aug-2018

Unlocking Africa’s Agricultural Potential to Create Wealth

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...
21-Mar-2012

AfDB to host the Friends of Zimbabwe Roundtable in Tunis

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will host the Friends of Zimbabwe Roundtable, to discuss economic and political developments in the country on 23 March. The meeting will also focus on the prospects of dealing with the country's external debt arreears.  The presentation of the Zimbabwe Accelerated Arrears, Debt and Development Strategy (ZAADDS) is a useful framework to address the issue of Zimbabwe’s external debt. ZAADDS is a key element of the government’s economic reform agenda. “It is clear that Zimbabwe cannot rehabilitate its infrastructure and move forward with its socio-...
16-Nov-2009

AfDB at the World Summit on Food Security

Rome, 17 November 2009 – The World Summit on Food Security, which is being held in Rome between 16 and 18 November 2009, is being fully supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf, proposed that this Summit should agree on key actions to tackle the food insecurity situation. As he said “the silent hunger crisis — affecting one sixth of all of humanity — poses a serious risk for world peace and security. We urgently need to forge a broad consensus on the total and rapid eradication of hunger in the...
11-Jun-2009

AfDB at the G8 Summit

Italy, which took over the Presidency of the G8 on 1 January 2009, is responsible for hosting and organizing not only the annual Summit but also the preparatory meetings ahead of the three-day summit, to be held on July 8-10, 2009. Fostering sustainable development and fighting poverty in the less advanced countries is a central priority on the G8 Heads of State and Government’s agenda. Numerous development initiatives have been launched and supported by the G8, first and foremost in favor of Africa.  The African Development Bank has played a leading role in the context of the G8....
02-Mar-2009

Impact of International Financial Crisis on Infrastructure Development in Africa to be Analysed at Landmark Meeting in Rome

The organisation that works to enhance and accelerate the development of Africa’s infrastructure is to hold its annual meeting next week – focusing on the impact of the international financial crisis on Africa as a key issue on the agenda. The 5th Annual Meeting of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA), which helps improve lives and economic well-being on the continent by encouraging, supporting and promoting increased investment in infrastructure in Africa, will take place in Rome from 10-11 March 2009.   Hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting will...
03-Jun-2008

Address to the Rome Food Summit by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: Rome Food Summit These are challenging times. The presence of so many leaders of governments, heads of development agencies and civil society is a testimony to our collective determination to mobilize the energies, talents and resources needed to overcome. Many eminent persons who preceded me at this rostrum, have already spelt out the issues we face much more eloquently; that the escalating global food crisis is a major setback, threatening to throw millions back into the chains of poverty, to roll back many of the gains of the last decade in human development and macroeconomic...
13-Feb-2008

Speech to the 30th Anniversary of IFAD’s Partnership for Promoting Food Security and Combating Rural Poverty by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: 30th Anniversary Session of the Governing Council of IFAD Partnership for Promoting Food Security & Combating Rural Poverty Over the past 30 years, the AfDB and IFAD have forged a strong partnership which is set to grow even further. Our two institutions together account for 50% of multilateral development assistance to agriculture in Africa. And our role in supporting rural development will remain critical. Both of our organizations and sister institutions, notably the World Bank, continue to commit significant resources to agriculture and rural development, and we have...