22/10/2017 - Today, I will be speaking about Africa’s pathway out of poverty. For millions of rural poor, their aspiration is that they will make it out of poverty, especially through their kids, and thereby laying the foundations of a march out of poverty for generations to come.
18/10/2017 - We are grateful that you all made it here at 7 :30am. You are the early birds. And early birds always wake up everyone to action!
When I was an adolescent growing up in Nigeria, my father encouraged me to move as far away from agriculture as possible. A poor farmer himself—and a typical Nigerian parent, I might add—he insisted that I become a doctor.
18/10/2017 - Good morning. Let me welcome you all to this session, organized by the African Development Bank. Once again, we are grateful that you all made it here. So let us talk about the challenge ahead of us: how to unlock the potential of Africa to feed itself and to help feed the world.
15/06/2017 - Your Excellency, President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique,
Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross,
Honourable Ministers, Ambassadors, Business leaders, and Friends of Africa, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
I wish to thank my dear friends Florizelle Liser, President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa, and Chairman Jeffrey Sturchio for inviting me to speak at this U.S - Africa Business Summit. It’s great to see so many people here.
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.
15/04/2016 - Dear Sarah Brown, Executive Chair, Global Business Coalition for Education.
Dear Heads of delegations, Development Agencies, Business Leaders and Foundation Representatives; Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen. All protocols observed.
I wish to thank Sarah Brown particularly for her invitation and her remarkable commitment to engage the business community in the equity and education agenda through strong, coordinated partnerships with the public sector and foundation actors.
20/11/2013 - The three levers of institutions, integration and infrastructure are the keys to creating economic transformation in Africa. The rule of law and the institutions which uphold it are essential for promoting sustainable economic growth and achieving Africa’s transformation. Integration will reduce the risk and costs of doing business and unify Africa’s fragmented markets. Speeding up project preparation and development and using specialized and innovative financial tools will increase the rate of infrastructure delivery in Africa.
10/10/2013 - What will it take for Africa to join the global value chains, where opportunities and jobs are created? What will it take to turn Africa’s demographic advantage into a demographic dividend? If infrastructure is one binding constraint which is common to all African countries, what financing alternatives do we have to overcome that constraint if public money alone cannot do the job? Private money and new funding models are the answer.
25/07/2013 - The prizes the Bank receives today honour the work of the African Development Fund, to which the USA is a long-standing and firm supporter. They are visible evidence that the ADF has been an effective tool, and together we should strengthen it in the ADF13 replenishment. Beyond the individual celebration of project excellence, we are celebrating the fact that our collective endeavours are making a difference in the lives of ordinary people, and that we are winning, and getting results.