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25-sep-2019

Assemblée générale des Nations unies : fervent plaidoyer en faveur de la coopération Sud-Sud pour la sécurité alimentaire en Afrique

Des ministres et hauts responsables réunis à New-York dans le cadre de l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies, ont plaidé en faveur de la coopération Sud-Sud pour la sécurité alimentaire lors d’une session co-organisée par la Banque africaine de développement. À l’occasion de cette session consacrée à la coopération triangulaire Sud-Sud pour réaliser l’objectif de développement durable sur la sécurité alimentaire, le président de la Banque, Akinwumi Adesina, a exhorté ses participants à une action collective, rapide et urgente pour mettre un terme à l’insécurité alimentaire en Afrique...
25-sep-2019

Statement by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the Global Commission on Adaptation, New York, September 24, 2019

Co-Chairs, Colleagues,   The African Development Bank fully supports the Global report of the Global Commission on adaptation. African countries are facing extreme weather events. We saw the cyclone devastation recently in Southern Africa, with so much destruction of lives, property and infrastructure. The African Development Bank immediately provided $103 million in financing support for Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. To help vulnerable and low-income countries insure themselves against these extreme weather events, the African Development Bank launched the African...
25-sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group Meeting, New York, September 24, 2019

Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,   I wish to thank the UN Secretary General António Guterres, for appointing me as a member of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Leadership Group. There’s nothing more important than helping to end malnutrition and stunting in the world. Malnutrition limits human abilities, productivity and life expectancy. Stunting impairs the brain, diminishing cognitive ability. And stunting hurts economic growth. Stunted children today will lead to stunted economies tomorrow. We must see ending stunting as building “grey matter infrastructure...
25-sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the High-Level Event on “Renewing Commitment towards Enhancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa”, held by the African First Ladies, New York, September

Excellencies, First Ladies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,   Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Good Morning! I wish to thank Your Excellencies the African First Ladies for hosting this important event and for inviting me. It’s a great honor to be here. Your mission as Africa’s First Ladies is so crucial. You are developing the value chain of girl-women economic empowerment. And that value chain must work for the girl child until they also become adult women and then work for them as women. But the value chain of girl-women economic...
25-sep-2019

Interventions By Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group, UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit - New York, 23 September 2019

Your Excellency, President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Your Excellency, United Nations Secretary General, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, This Summit is a pledging one for concrete actions to get us on a solid carbon neutrality by 2050 trajectory, while also building resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change in poor vulnerable countries, especially the Least Developed Countries most of whom are found in Africa. The African Development Bank, an institution that has been at the core of Africa’s development for over half a century, has...
25-sep-2019

Speech Delivered by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank at the Joint High-Level Meeting of the United Nations and the African Development Bank Group, United Nations General Assembly Summit, September 22, 2019

Your Excellencies Heads of State and Governments, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the Deputy UN Secretary General, Heads of UN Agencies, Honorable Ministers, Ambassadors, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. Good afternoon!  I wish to thank my Dear sister, the Deputy UN Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, for co-hosting this event with me, organized by the United Nations and the African Development Bank. And we are grateful to your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, all of you the leaders for joining us here today...
25-sep-2019

Assemblée générale de l’ONU : « Le charbon n’a plus sa place en Afrique, l’avenir est aux énergies renouvelables », affirme Akinwumi Adesina

Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, a présenté, mardi à New-York, les efforts engagés pour fermer les centrales à charbon sur le continent et construire la « plus grande zone d’énergie solaire de la planète » dans la partie aride du Sahel. « Le charbon n’a plus sa place en Afrique, il appartient au passé. L’avenir est aux énergies renouvelables. En ce qui nous concerne, à la Banque africaine de développement, nous sommes en train de nous débarrasser du charbon », a déclaré le président de la Banque aux quelque 200 délégués du Sommet Action Climat, lors...
24-sep-2019

Opening remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the High-Level Panel on Food Security and the Achievement of SDGs in Africa: The Role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, New York, September 23, 2019

Excellencies, Honorable Ministers, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you all for joining us here today. I am very pleased that the African Development Bank is co-hosting this session with FAO, UNECA and Morocco. And the focus is on food security and the SDGs. There’s a lot we must learn from experiences of others through South-South Cooperation. China’s, India’s and Latin America’s successful experiences in agriculture offer much scope for lessons and sharing of innovations and experiences with Africa. And there’s so much to learn within Africa from what’s...
23-sep-2019

Réunion de haut niveau des Nations Unies et de la Banque africaine de développement : engagement pour accélérer le rythme dans la réalisation des ODD

Avec environ 390 millions de personnes vivant dans l’extrême pauvreté, souffrant de la faim et de l’insécurité alimentaire, l’Afrique est dans une course contre la montre pour atteindre ses objectifs de développement aux niveaux régional et international. Dimanche, en marge de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, les chefs d’État et de gouvernement africains ont souligné, dans une réunion, le besoin d’une action collective urgente et la nécessité d’une plus grande collaboration entre l’ONU et la Banque africaine de développement, dans le but d’accélérer le développement de l’Afrique...
16-sep-2019

Soutien fort des chefs d’Etat des pays du G5 Sahel à l’initiative Desert to power de la Banque africaine de développement

Les chefs d'Etat du G5 Sahel, lors du sommet qui s'est tenu vendredi à Ouagadougou, au Burkina Faso, ont apporté un soutien fort à l'initiative Desert to Power (DtP), une initiative de la Banque africaine de développement. Le sommet dont le thème était « Exploiter l’énergie solaire pour le développement socio-économique des pays du G5 Sahel », faisait suite à une réunion technique de haut niveau à laquelle ont participé les ministres de l'Energie de la r...
13-sep-2019

Sommet du G5 Sahel : transformer la région grâce aux immenses ressources d’énergie solaire

Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, est à Ouagadougou, capitale du Burkina Faso, où il doit prendre part, le 13 septembre, en tant qu’invité, au Sommet des chefs d’État et de gouvernement des pays du G5 Sahel. Le président Adesina a été reçu en audience par le président du Faso, Marc Roch Christian Kaboré, lequel a félicité la Banque pour l’initiative Desert to Power. Le président burkinabè a également souligné l’excellence des relations de son pays avec la Banque, la remerciant pour le portefeuille des projets mis en œuvre grâce à l’institution. De...
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...
02-sep-2019

Economic recovery plan is on track and showing results, says finance minister of Eswatini’s new “Cabinet of CEOs”

Ezulwini, Eswatini, 2 September 2019 – The Kingdom of Eswatini has embarked on a recovery plan to fight its way out of an economic slump, the country’s Finance Minister Neal Rijkenberg said on Monday. Rijkenberg made the remarks during an official visit by African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina. He said the new government, which took office after elections in November 2018, had adopted a strategic roadmap to guide the economic recovery.  “We believe there’s not a problem we can’t solve … We believe that we’ve turned a corner. The indicators … are turning from...
30-aoû-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-aoû-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...