An Update from The President of the African Development Bank

The Hon. Akinwumi Adesina speaking at the networking reception 04/20/17

The Hon. Akinwumi Adesina speaking at the networking reception 04/20/17

Washington, DC – ISI’s Managing Director, Ross Ensor, and Client Services Director, Ian Oliver, attended a reception with the Hon. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, where he shared the Bank's vision and progress on the "High 5s.” He explained how the “High 5s” aim to accelerate Africa's development through sustainable transformation by (1) lighting up and powering Africa; (2) feeding Africa; (3) integrating Africa; (4) industrializing Africa; and (5) improving people’s life quality.

The event was attended by several African finance ministers and U.S. business executives and President Adesina’s remarks were aimed at encouraging the private sector to play a role in shaping the business environment in Africa through greater engagement with African governments and bilateral donors to advance economic growth for sustainable development. As he pointed out, the vast number of projects, across multiple sectors provide great opportunities for international business to partner with local African businesses and governments to continue the Africa Rising story. 

Along with the reception hosted by the U.S. Initiative for Global Development (IGD), at Rayburn House, President Adesina also attended a meeting of Multilateral Development Bank Heads and a bilateral tête-à-tête with Tone Skogen, State Secretary and Norwegian Governor to the AfDB. This marks the Presidents second day in Washington D.C. after spending his first day meeting with the IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Africa at the World Bank. Tomorrow the President will be joining the Heads of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) for the Global Infrastructure Forum. They will discuss way to increase public and private infrastructure investments in Africa. ISI Consultants looks forwards to listening to the discussion and using their suggestions to help U.S based companies get involved in Africa.

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