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‘Agriculture is Africa’s biggest business,’ says AfDB president Adesina

By Aurélie M'Bida
Posted on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 17:00

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, on 10 November 2021 in Paris. Damien Grenon for JA

The tour of ‘Old Europe’ by the African Development Bank (AfDB) president has largely set the tone for his second term. Upon his return from the International Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, Akinwumi Adesina says he is prepared to travel to “wherever Africa’s cause needs to be advocated”.

In fact, he had been in Rome at the beginning of October, where he gave a keynote speech at the Italian Senate, to representatives from the G20 countries.

He stayed at the same Paris hotel as US Vice-President Kamala Harris, with whom he attended a reception at the Élysée Palace on the evening of 20 November. At the French president’s invitation, he prepared his speech for the Paris Peace Forum, which took place the following day.