Africa must be industrialized, says AfDB boss


AFRICAN Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina says the  Bank’s 2016 annual meeting being hosted by Zambia is focusing on the industrialization of Africa, as well as improving the quality of life for people on the continent.

Dr Adesina said this yesterday on arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport where he was met by Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba and other Government officials that the meeting would address pertinent issues such as industrialization, energy, nutrition and effects of climate change.

“We are going to talk about how to light up and power Africa because it is absolutely critical for Africa’s development to have this meeting. We are also going to be looking at how we will address nutrition,” Dr Adesina said.

Dr Adesina said that the fact that about nine Heads of State would attend the meeting was a good indication of the support Zambia enjoyed from other countries as well as President Edgar Lungu.

“The fact that we are going to have a lot of Heads of State here, I think about nine Heads of State is a great indication of the support for your President and also support of your country as well as anticipation and support for the African Development ‘high five’.

You will through the meeting be hearing about the ‘high five’, most of it is centered on how we light up and power, feed and industrialize Africa,” Dr Adenisa said.

“How we are going to integrate Africa and how of course we will improve the quality of life for the people of Africa that’s what we are going to be talking about here in your beautiful country,” he said.

Dr Adesina said that the focus of the world would be on Zambia for the next four days and that the event had attracted civil society organisations, the donor community, and the private sector as well as the banking sector.

He said that he was touched that some parts of Zambia had been affected by the effects of El Nino.