Malabo to host 2019 African Development Bank Annual Meetings in June

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Equatorial Guinea’s capital Malabo will host the African Development Bank’s next Annual Meetings in June 2019, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties.

This year’s meetings themed ‘Regional integration’ will take place from 11th to 14th June, 2019.

“The Government and people of Equatorial Guinea are ready and look forward to hosting the African Development Bank’s flagship event in 2019,” said Mr. Bernardo Abaga Ndong, general coordinator of the National Technical Committee in charge of the Annual Meetings.

He added, “We are determined to make the Annual Meetings in our country a most resounding success that will definitely bolster our national prestige, because an event with over 3,000 participants is not a small affair.”

An aide-memoire on the country’s preparedness to host the event was signed on February 27, 2019. The signing took place on the sidelines of regional consultative meetings between the Bank and its African shareholders, held in Abidjan from February 25 to March 1, 2019, and attended by Equatorial Guinea’s Finance Minister Lucas Abaga Nchama.

Speaking at the signing, André Basse, the African Development Bank’s Chief of protocol, who signed on behalf of the bank, commended the host country for its commitment to the success of the Annual Meetings, returning this year to African soil after being held in Korea and India respectively.

With 1 billion people, Africa has a combined GDP of more than $3.4 trillion. Such a market could create huge opportunities for producers on the continent. But to make it a reality, African governments and regional economic communities should intensify efforts aimed at facilitating the free movement of goods, services, people and trade across borders.

The Bank’s Annual Meetings represent a unique opportunity to discuss challenges and ways to advance the continent’s regional integration agenda.

Some 3,000 participants are expected in Malabo, including finance ministers, governors of central banks, policy makers, civil society groups, heads of international organisations and business leaders.

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