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AfDB Group president Akinwumi Adesina begins official visit to South Africa

African Development Bank (AfDB) head Dr. Akinwumi A Adesina is in Johannesburg at the start of a three-day official visit to South Africa

Adesina will meet South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and other government and industry leaders. He will discuss the important global and regional concerns, AfDB’s development agenda and South Africa’s potential for increased trade and investment with the rest of Africa.

Adesina will make a speech at the opening ceremony of the South Africa Investment Forum on 24 March and next day, he will be the keynote speaker ahead of a panel discussion organised by the African chapter of the Ambrosetti CEO Community. The AfDB chief will speak on the topic “Africa beyond COVID-19: a new era of opportunity.”

In Johannesburg, Adesina will also meet with G7 ambassadors accredited to South Africa. One of the key subjects of their discussion will be the Just Energy Transition agenda for South Africa.

Senior officials of the AfDB including senior vice president Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala, Solomon Quaynor, vice president, private sector, infrastructure and industrialisation, Yacine Fal, acting vice-president, regional development, integration, and business delivery, Kevin Kariuki, vice president for power, energy, climate and green growth and director general for the southern Africa region, Leila Mokaddem will join Adesina in South Africa.

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