The Times Of Africa|July 2017
“what africa does with agriculture is not only important for africa: it will shape the future of food in the world.” – akinwumi adesina, President of the african development Bank.
Closing remarks by Mr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, at the official closing ceremony of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank, May 25, 2017
“The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Honourable Ministers, Governors of the Bank, Distinguished Guests, Partners, Ladies and Gentlemen. Mr. Chairman, Minister Arun Jaitley, congratulations on successfully shepherding this 52nd Annual Meetings. The way you efficiently chaired all our statutory meetings has been impressive. We are grateful to you and your staff in the Ministry of Finance of India for a job well done! From the Communiqué it is clear that you have all worked so hard.
“It is amazing how fast time has gone by. Four days ago we arrived here in Ahmedabad for our 52nd Annual Meetings. It has been a marathon of meetings and deliberations: we have run well, discussed well, and interacted well. From the opening ceremony, the tone was set: we should think big, act bold, and deliver faster development for Africa. Prime Minister Modi showed us in his speech that there’s nothing that can be called impossible. From this same ground that honours the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, we must take with us his words ‘Be the change you want to see’.
The change lies in us
“For the change we want to see in Africa lies with us. Upon us lies the responsibility to rise to the occasion of giving Africa a new history: by lighting up Africa, feeding Africa, industrializing Africa, integrating Africa, and improving the quality of life of the people of Africa. The Annual Meetings’ focus on transforming agriculture to create wealth has sparked political leaders, young people, researchers, private sector, bankers, and the Ministers of Finance, and Governors of the Bank, as well as the Central Bank Governors who came, to take agriculture as a business. This Annual Meeting has also been a huge success in several other ways.
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