SPEECHES

Demand for fish continues to expand at the global and continental levels, driven by factors such as increasing populations, growing recognition of the health benefits of fish, the emergence of a growing middle class, and the increasing availability of aquaculture products.Demand for fish continues to expand at the global and continental levels, driven by factors such as increasing populations, growing recognition of the health benefits of fish, the emergence of a growing middle class, and the increasing availability of aquaculture products.

The CBN serves as the continental platform between private and public sectors to promote implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). It aims to engage and advance private sector priorities and requirements to invest in regional and cross-border projects. In addition, it acts as an exclusive Infrastructure Investment Advisory platform engaging and interfacing high-level African policy makers and captains of industry, on a range of strategic issues such as procurement, sector policy, investment risk ratings, structuring and the overall promotion of projects.

The focus of this second CBN meeting is on the critical role that the private and public sectors need to play in de-risking PIDA projects.

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I am very delighted that today, we are witnessing the 1st Initiative of Food and Nutrition security in Africa (IFNA) Partners Meeting following its launch in the margins of the TICAD VI in Nairobi in August last year. It is a remarkable “coming to life” of an important initiative which related to the issues central to Africa’s efforts to attain sustainable economic growth and inclusive and dignified livelihoods for all. It is no wonder that this important milestone has to take place here in Addis Ababa, the seat for the African Union Commission.

Theme: Africa's changing development landscape

The President of the African Development Bank; 

Honourable Ministers present; 

Your Excellency, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission; 

Distinguished delegates 

Representatives of Partner institutions 

Members of the media 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I am highly honoured to address you at this Second Regional Meeting on Aid Effectiveness, South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development in Africa, taking place here in Tunis. This Regional Event provides us with a unique opportunity to share perspectives and dialogue on the inter-related themes which will define and shape the development policy issues of the developing world, including Africa. 

The 2nd Africa Rural Development Forum will be held under the theme “Transforming Africa’s Rural Space through Youth Empowerment, Job Creation and Skills Development.” The Conference will provide a platform for exchange and peer learning on experiences and insights in catalyzing and fostering job creation and skills development in rural based agri and non-agri-systems as key components to advance rural development.

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