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The 53rd Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and 44th Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional arm of the Bank Group, are scheduled to take place from May 22-25, 2018 in Busan, which is located about 325 kilometres southeast of Seoul.

The Annual Meetings are the Bank’s largest annual event and serve to raise the profile of the institution on the global stage. In addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, which constitutes the core purpose of the gathering, these Annual Meetings will bring together thousands of delegates and participants, and will feature a number of official, knowledge and side events. The Governors of the Bank are from the 54 regional member countries and 26 non-regional member countries. The Annual Meetings provide a unique forum for representatives of government, business, civil society, think-tanks, academia and the media – from Africa and beyond – to debate key issues on Africa’s development, and to discuss the Bank’s performance in delivering on its mandate.

The 2018 Annual Meetings will be held on the theme: “Accelerating Africa’s Industrialization.” Download the Bank’s Industrialize Africa brochure.

Official hashtag: #AfDBAM2018

The Annual Meetings are the AfDB’s Board of Governors meeting. They are provided in article 31 of the Agreement Establishing the African Development Bank.

Staple food-processing and agro-allied industrial zones will transform rural Africa from zones of economic misery to zones of economic prosperity.

– Akinwumi Adesina,
President, African Development Bank President

Previous Annual Meetings