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Busy day of preparations before the official opening ceremony of the Annual Meetings


The African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings got going on Tuesday with some preliminary high level meetings ahead of the official opening ceremony on Wednesday.

The day started with the annual workshop of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI), in the presence of the Bank’s Vice-President in charge of private sector, infrastructure and industrialisation, Pierre Guislain . Also on the agenda was a meeting of the Board of Governors and the Joint Steering Committee of the Boards of Governors, both preparatory meetings held behind closed doors.

A presidential round table chaired by the host nation President Theodoro Obiang Nguema also took place in partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).  Participants were expected to pledge additional resources to replenish the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF).  The objective of the ASTF is to eradicate hunger and malnutrition on the continent.

The presentation of the Bank’s flagship report, the African Economic Outlook, one of the highlights of the day, saw the Bank's Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, Célestin Monga, leading spirited discussions at the event.

The 18th presentation of the Governors’ Consultative Committee took place shortly after the African Economic Outlook presentation, and the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, then welcomed participants of the Annual Meetings to a reception.

The African Bankers Awards presentation, held under the high patronage of the African Development Bank wrapped up the day.  

The official opening ceremony of the Annual Meetings under the theme “Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity.” will mark the beginning of a long and busy day on Wednesday, 12 June.