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59th AfDB Annual Conference Kicks Off in Nairobi Kenya

The 2024 Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) have kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya. The event is scheduled to run from May 27th to 31st at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

This marks the 59th meeting of the AfDB Board of Governors and the 50th meeting of the African Development Fund Board of Governors.

The theme of the event is “Africa’s Transformation, the African Development Bank Group, and the Reform of the Global Financial Architecture.”

This theme reflects the recognition that, despite sustained economic growth over the past two decades, Africa’s economic transformation is still a work in progress, with much remaining to be done.

Therefore, participants will discuss strategies, policies, and interventions aimed at creating the “Africa we want.” They will also address the slow pace of transformation in Africa, and identify key challenges and opportunities.

Several topics covering agriculture and agro-industries, climate change, economic and financial governance, education, and energy will be addressed.

Key Speakers at the 2024 AfDB Annual Meetings

  • Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina – President, African Development Bank Group
  • Serge Ekue – President, West African Development Bank (BOAD)
  • Admassu Tadesse – President Em. & Group Managing Director, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler – Parliamentary State Secretary and Governor for Germany
  • Mr. Pasi Hellman – Under-Secretary of State for International Development and Governor for Finland
  • H.E. Nadia Fettah – Minister of Economy and Finance, and Governor for Morocco
  • Hon. Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u – Cabinet Secretary National Treasury & Economic Planning and Governor for Kenya
  • Hon. Prof. Mthuli Ncube – Minister of Finance and Economic Development and Governor for Zimbabwe
  • Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala – Senior Vice-President, African Development Bank Group
  • Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade – Vice-President for the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex, African Development Bank Group
  • Simon Mizrahi – Vice President for Technology and Corporate Services Complex, African Development Bank Group
  • Prof. Kevin Chika Urama – Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance & Knowledge Management, African Development Bank Group
  • Hassatou Diop N’Sele – Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), African Development Bank Group
  • Dr. Beth Dunford – Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank Group
  • Mr. Jacques Edjangue – Vice President, People and Talent Management Complex
  • Kevin. K. Kariuki – Vice-President Power, Energy Climate Change & Green Growth, African Development Bank Group
  • Solomon Quaynor – Vice-President Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialization, African Development Bank Group
  • Boitumelo Mosako – Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Southern Africa
  • Bjørg Sandkjær – State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Ibrahima Cheikh Diong – UN Assistant Secretary General and Director General of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group
  • Dr. Sidi Ould Tah – Director General, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)

The insights and decisions made during these meetings will be instrumental in shaping the future of Africa’s economic transformation.