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03-Sep-2019

African Development Bank announces senior appointment in Asia

The president of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has approved the appointment of Mr. Takashi Hanajiri, as head of the Asia external representation office in the Bank’s Tokyo office with effect from 16 August, 2019. Takashi has over 28 years of professional experience covering national fiscal and monetary planning, and international development and business relations, including bilateral and multilateral development assistance, foreign exchange policy development, debt management, investor relations, regional financial cooperation and currency swap arrangements. Until...
02-Sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at TICAD7 - Ending Malnutrition in Africa: Towards Nutrition for Growth 2020 and Beyond - Yokohama , August 29, 2019

Allow me to make a few observations on the fight we are all engaged in – the fight against global hunger and malnutrition. In spite of incredible natural resources, we face a paradox of abundance. Food insecurity and high levels of malnutrition, especially among children, whose mothers themselves are poorly nourished. One of the reasons why I remain passionately driven by agriculture and the elimination of hunger, is that I have always believed that “stunted children today, lead to stunted economies tomorrow.”        According to the World Health...
02-Sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at TICAD7 - High-Level Policy Dialogue on Strategic Investments in Africa: Rural Transformation and Sustainable Agriculture in the Digital Age - Yokohama, 29 August, 2019

Protocols   I am pleased to join you this afternoon to discuss a topic I am particularly passionate about: how to transform rural economies through agriculture. I am delighted with the partnership between the African Union, the World Food Programme, JICA, and the African Development Bank, as well as with several other partners on this important issue. Africa’s rural areas are still disproportionately poor. And they still have a lot of hungry people. Despite Africa’s rapid economic growth rates, the continent still has today, 251 million hungry people.  And...
02-Sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina President, African Development Bank Group at TICAD 7 - Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa Initiative (EPSA4) Announcement

The State Minister of Finance, Mr. Keisuke Suzuki, The President of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, Your Excellencies, the Corps of Ambassadors from African countries based in Japan, Members of the Senior Management and Staff of JICA and the African Development Bank, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning everyone. Ohayou Gozaimasu! Today marks another day to celebrate the strong and impactful partnership between Japan and the African Development Bank. The African Development Bank and the Japan International...
02-Sep-2019

Closing Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group - Japan-Africa Business Forum - Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) - August 29, 2019

Today has been a great day. We started with the Business Forum. It was clear that Prime Minister Abe is deeply committed to a new TICAD: one that puts the private sector at the heart of its partnership with Africa. You have heard the voices of the Presidents and Heads of State from Africa, you have heard them say, without any ambiguity that Africa is open for business.  As I said in the morning, Africa is not rising – Africa has already risen. Let’s put on new lenses to see Africa: see Africa for what it is: an incredible investment frontier.  Think about this for a moment...
02-Sep-2019

Keynote Speech by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at TICAD7 Side Event - "Investing in Human Capital in Africa: A Case Study for Education and Skills, Nutrition, Health, and Jobs for Youth" - 29 August, 2019

I am delighted that you all joined us here today for this program. Nothing can be more important than the development of human capital. The growth and development of nations – and indeed their capacity to innovate and solve their own problems with locally driven solutions – all depend on the quality of human capital. That is why the African Development Bank has invested over $2 billion to support education since 2005. The return on the investment has been the provision of educational opportunities for 6 million students. But as we do, we are also learning from the needs of countries,...
02-Sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at TICAD7 - Plenary Session 3 - Public-Private Business Dialogue - Enhance Trade and Investment between Japan and Africa - Yokohama, 29 August, 2019

Thank you very much. Your Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy Prime Minister Aso of Japan, a great supporter of our Africa and the African Development Bank. My President, President Muhammadu Buhari, who actually supported me to become President of the African Development Bank. Excellencies, heads of state and government, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. There is increased foreign direct investment all across Africa. Just think about it: TICAD by Japan, China-Africa Forum, India-Africa Forum, US-Africa Forum, and soon, Russia-Africa Forum! What do they all see? A...
30-Aug-2019

Japan and African Development Bank announce $3.5 billion in support of Africa’s private sector development

Electricity, transport, and health identified as key priorities Yokohama, Japan, 30 August 2019 - Japan and the African Development Bank on Friday announced a joint target of $3.5 billion under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa initiative (EPSA4), during the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7). Both Japan and the Bank have set a target of $1.75 billion each, from 2020-2022, to enhance the fourth phase of EPSA to spur private-sector-led sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa. “Building on the successful achievements so far, Japan and...
30-Aug-2019

TICAD7: Invest in Africa’s food markets to win the war on hunger and boost nutrition – African Development Bank

Yokohama, Japan 30 August 2019 – By investing in Africa’s food markets, governments can win the fight against stunting and improve nutrition across the continent. And with support from institutions like the African Development Bank, the results would be a win-win situation for all. “What a huge potential the food markets represent. “Feed Africa,” which is one of the Bank’s High 5 priorities, has nutrition at its core,” Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke said Thursday at a panel discussion on day two of the 7th Tokyo International Conference...
30-Aug-2019

TICAD 7: African leaders make a clarion call for increased private sector engagement

Yokohama, Japan, 30 August 2019 - The African Development Bank delegation’s packed sessions kicked off on Thursday with President Adesina addressing Plenary Session 3 on Public-Private Business Dialogue: Enhance Trade and Investment between Japan and Africa. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially opened the session, chaired by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and co-chaired by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Presidents of Nigeria, Muhamadu Buhari; Namibia, Hage G. Geingob; Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou; and the continent’s top captains of industries were in attendance...
29-Aug-2019

TICAD 7: Japan, South Africa and the African Development Bank unveil priorities to accelerate Africa’s technology transformation journey

“Let’s be visionary. Let’s be bold. Let’s support concrete initiatives to boost science, technology, and innovation in Africa,”- Akinwumi Adesina Science, technology and innovation as well as human resource development are critical in Africa, a continent, which has the biggest potential on earth, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum held in Yokohama, on Wednesday, as part of TICAD 7. The Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum) is one of the largest and most influential nonprofit organizations established in 2004 by Mr. Koji Omi...
29-Aug-2019

TICAD7: Digital Agriculture next frontier for economic development in Africa

“There’s risk, yes, but there are juicy returns, now is the time for all of us to run in that direction.” - Jennifer Blanke Prioritizing the digital space will help shift the development focus for Africa’s agribusiness sector and overcome its many hurdles, participants at an official side event, organized Wednesday during the 7th Tokyo International Conference, heard.  The seminar headlined “The Digital Africa 2020 and Japanese investment Panel: Creating markets to digitize Africa, was jointly organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the African Development Bank...
28-Aug-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at TICAD7 - Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum Side Event - Tokyo, 28 August, 2019

Thank you Mr. Omi for organizing this Science and Technology Society Forum. Thanks to your work and the Forum, a lot has been and continues to be achieved. Today, the fourth industrial revolution is being powered by science and technologies, rapid bursts of innovation and science and ICT driven innovations. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, quantum data analytics, automation, robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology are expanding the innovation space at a pace never seen before. Training and capacities in science, technologies, engineering and mathematics are more critical...
28-Aug-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at TICAD7 - Digital Africa 2030 and Japanese Investment. Harnessing Digital Technologies for Agriculture in Africa - Tokyo, 28 August, 2019

What an incredible gathering this is! I am delighted to be at this joint event between the African Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation. It is another excellent opportunity and platform to share experiences on developments in Africa and how we can better partner together! Japan and Africa share an unbreakable bond. A shared relationship built on the basis of friendly cooperation, mutual respect, and common interests. These are ideals for ensuring successful collaboration. Africa represents a massive business opportunity. Six of the world’s twelve fastest-growing...
28-Aug-2019

Keynote Address by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the 7th Tokyo International Conference For African Development (TICAD7)-Sasakawa Africa: Building on the Past, Looking to the Future-Yokohama, August 28, 2019

Thank you for inviting me to this session. Thank you Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for honoring us with your presence. We were together just two days ago at the G7 meeting of global leaders in Biarritz, France. There you spoke passionately about the need for a better and more equitable world. Thank you for your leadership in convening the TICAD. The African Development Bank deeply appreciates the support of Japan – a major shareholder that has always contributed to the General Capital Increase of the Bank and of the African Development Fund, which supports low-income states. I...
28-Aug-2019

TICAD7: PM Shinzo Abe says Japan will help double Africa’s rice production by 2030

“We must end hunger in Africa. Yes, we must! Hunger diminishes our humanity.” - Adesina urges. Yokohama, Japan, 28 August 2019 – The Sasakawa Association will work with the Japan International Cooporation Agency (JICA), to help double rice production to 50 million tonnes by 2030.  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) symposium held on Wednesday during TICAD7.  “Japanese technology can play a key role in innovation which is key to agriculture,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told delegates...
27-Aug-2019

“The Kaizen approach is more than a technique…it is an approach to economic development, and it’s been yielding tremendous results” - African Development Bank Vice-president Celestin Monga

Yokohama, Japan, 27 August 2019 – Kaizen, the business philosophy which means continuous improvement in Japanese, was at the heart of discussions at a seminar held on Tuesday, and co-organised by JICA and NEPAD on the sidelines of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD7. The seminar, under the theme: “Africa’s Socio-economic Transformation through innovation,” discussed the role of Kaizen, in improving quality and productivity as well as human resource development on the continent. Panelists included Assane Mayaki, CEO of AUDA-NEPAD...
26-Aug-2019

African Development Bank President Adesina leads delegation to 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 26 August 2019 – A high-level African Development Bank delegation, led by President Akinwumi Adesina, is set to join global leaders at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD7 from August 28 to 30. TICAD7, hosted by Japan and co-organised by the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSSA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), aims at “promoting high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.” President Adesina, is expected in Tokyo on Tuesday. Whilst in Japan, he will...
08-Aug-2019

TICAD7: Building a Better World through Business - Challenges in Humanitarian Assistance in Africa and the Role of Private Sector

WHO:             ICRC, Waseda University, Japan     WHAT:            Seminar WHERE:         Waseda University Nihonbashi Campus. WHEN:           27 August, 2019 TIME: 18h30-20h00   Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 8 August 2019 – At the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Waseda...
08-Aug-2019

International Workshop for the design of REDD+ Investment Projects in Africa

WHAT: International workshop on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) projects WHO: The African Development Bank, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d’Ivoire, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) WHEN:  Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - Friday, 16 August 2019 WHERE: African Development Bank, CCIA building, Abidjan   The Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Program (ACSA) of the African Development Bank, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable...