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    • African Development Bank’s acting Chief Economist, Kevin Urama (second left) and other panelists at a seminar on the African Economic Outlook 2022, hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. 27 July 2022.
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Atlantic Council Panel on 2022 African Economic Outlook Pushes for ‘Africa agenda’ at COP 27

In a presentation on the report, Acting Chief Economist Urama called for policy coordination and a more holistic approach to tackling climate change

Africa deserves the highest priority attention at the United Nations climate conference, COP 27 to be held in November this year,  panel members discussing the African Development Bank’s  (www.AfDB.org) African Economic Outlook 2022 (https://bit.ly/2Z1dRwt)  in an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, said on Wednesday. A team from the  African…

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U.S. National Bar Association Honors Akinwumi Adesina with Distinguished Ronald Harmon Brown Award of International Distinction

The award is named in honor of Ron Brown, the first African American to Chair a major U.S. political party, and the first African American to be appointed Commerce Secretary

African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, was honored with the distinguished Ronald Harmon Brown Award of International Distinction, by the National Bar Association, in the United States. The award is named in honor of Ron Brown, the first African American to Chair a major U.S. political party, and…

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    • (L-R) Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for Africa, National Security Council, Chinelo Anohu, Senior Director, Africa Investment Forum (AIF), Enoh, Ebong, Director, United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and Africa Investment Forum (AIF) Showcase Women as Investment Champions

USTDA and AIF showcased how their existing partnership advances women-led sustainable infrastructure in Africa

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Africa Investment Forum (AIF) co-hosted a forum of 40 women leaders who are delivering high-quality solutions for Africa’s infrastructure needs. The forum took place during last week’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit, in Marrakech, Morocco. During the forum, USTDA and…

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Invest in Africa, African Development Bank Chief Urges Investors at U.S.- Africa Business Summit

U.S. Administration pledges strong support

The President of the African Development Bank Group (https://www.AfDB.org/) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has given strong assurance to U.S. investors that Africa is a secure, competitive and profitable market for investment. Adesina was speaking on Wednesday at the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Marrakech where he told American investors to see Africa…

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Radio News Release (Soundbite): “Agricultural technologies helped African farmers produce 12 million tons of food in just 2 years,” testifies President Adesina before U.S. Senate

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The recordings are excerpts from a hearing session at the US Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, during which the president of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made a compelling case for the United States to back the institution’s $1.5 billion emergency…

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Radio News Release (Soundbite): “Africa must prepare for the inevitable global food crisis,” warns President Adesina during U.S. Senate hearing session

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Radio News Release (Soundbite): “A 1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production plan to avoid a looming food crisis,” tells President Adesina to U.S. Senate

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African Development Bank Group seeks US support for $1.5 billion emergency food plan for Africa

The plan is anchored on the provision of certified seeds of climate-adapted varieties to 20 million African farmers

The president of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made a compelling case, on Wednesday, for the United States to back the institution’s $1.5 billion emergency food production plan. The plan seeks to avert a looming food crisis in Africa caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Download audio…

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    • Duke University President Vincent E. Price (left) confers Humane Letters Doctorate on African Development Bank Group President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (center)
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Duke University honors African Development Bank Group President and three others

Adesina received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his career achievements in agriculture, and the innovative High 5 development priorities for Africa

America’s Duke University (https://bit.ly/3KXZEnZ) yesterday conferred honorary doctorate degrees on four recipients during its 2022 Commencement ceremonies in Durham, North Carolina. The honorees were African Development Bank Group President and World Food Prize recipient Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; rocket scientist, businesswoman and former non-profit leader Sylvia Acevedo, who currently serves on…

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African Development Bank Group Chief Garners Strong Global Support for Africa

Adesina affirmed to the shareholders that the African Development Fund’s impact on Africa, through their support, was massive and far reaching

African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) President Dr Akinwumi Adesina concluded a three-day official visit to Washington DC on Saturday. Alongside the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, the visit included several bilateral engagements with stakeholders on African development. Adesina garnered broad strong support for a robust…