29/05/2017 - Your Excellencies, I wish to thank Prime Minister Gentiloni for inviting me to participate at this G7 Summit. It sends a major message: the G7 takes Africa seriously and sees the African Development Bank as a strategic partner. Let me thank you all in the G7 for your strong support for the African Development Bank.
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.
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”.
16/02/2017 - Je vous remercie d’avoir bien voulu honorer de votre présence notre rencontre annuelle. Je voudrais tout d’abord vous souhaiter à tous, ainsi qu’à vos familles une bonne et heureuse année 2017.
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;
07/11/2016 - Votre excellence Monsieur Kablan Duncan, Premier ministre de Côte d’Ivoire, Mesdames et Messieurs les ministres, Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs,
Bonjour à tous. J’ai le plaisir de vous accueillir à la Banque africaine de développement pour la réunion du Dialogue ministériel de l’Afrique de l’Ouest sur le renforcement de la sécurité en matière de santé publique en Afrique. Je vous remercie tous d’avoir bien voulu accepter notre invitation.
18/10/2016 - Good morning everyone.
I welcome you all very warmly to this West Africa Regional Ministerial Conference. We are here to discuss the future of Africa’s youth and how we will create jobs for them. The attendance of so many Ministers is a clear indication that your Governments pay great attention to youth unemployment. I am delighted we have so many young people in this auditorium. We are here for you: you are the future.
17/10/2016 - Your Excellency President Joyce Banda, Professor M.S. Swaminathan, the Borlaug family, John and Janet Ruan, the World Food Prize Laureates, Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, and the future leaders in agriculture. I am delighted to be here with you all today. It is such a great honor for Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, to have invited me to be keynote speaker today. Thank you very much Ambassador Quinn, my dear friend; Professor Swaminathan; the Board members and staff of the World Food Prize Foundation, for all the great work you do. And congratulations as you celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the World Food Prize.
30/06/2016 - Governors, ADF Deputies, Executive Directors, observers from other multilateral development banks, staff of the African Development Bank Group, ladies and gentlemen....
21/04/2016 - Good afternoon, everyone!
I wish to thank Bill Gates for his thought-provoking speech. Bill, you and your wife, Melinda, are extraordinary human beings: you care deeply about people. And as you always remind us “every life has equal value”. Your compassion, humility and commitment to improving the lives of others are inspiring for every one of us – even as we tackle one of the greatest challenges facing our world today: malnutrition.