Maiden visit of new AfDB President to the African Union

aucThe African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed the new President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, to the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They met on Monday, 23 November 2015 on his first official visit to the AU.

The AU Commission Chairperson and the AfDB President discussed key continental priority areas, including: energy to light up and power Africa; agriculture and agro-processing; industrialisation; integration of Africa through regional infrastructural projects; and the improvement of the quality of life through the provision of water, health and sanitation.

These “High five key outcome areas,” of the AfDB, are directly in sync with continental priorities outlined in Africa’s Agenda 2063. Therefore, the AU Commission will be working together with the AfDB, UNECA as well as Regional Economic Communities to move the continent towards greater integration and economic prosperity.

The AUC Chairperson and AfDB President also discussed strengthening the Joint Secretariat of the three continental institutions.

This meeting follows an earlier one when the three Heads of Africa’s premier institutions met in New York, USA, on September 2015, on the margins of the UN General Assembly.