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Opening Ceremony

World’s Economic Woes Could Harm Africa But Continent Set On ‘Green Growth’

Over the four-day event, economists, climate change experts and researchers will tackle the question of how Africa can grow and create much-needed jobs without adding to global environmental problems.

The AfDB chief economist said the African continent “suffers unfairly” from climate change.  He explained that although Africa contributes only four percent of global greenhouse gases, it is at the “receiving end” of more than its fair share of climate change effects, such as scarce water and extreme weather variations. Read more

Full Video Statement by Mr. Jean Ping
Statement by Mr. Tegegnework Gettu Statement by Mr. Abdoulie Janneh
Statement by Mr. Mthuli Ncube Statement by Mr. Meles Zenawi

  • Master of Ceremony: Emmanuel Nnadozie, Director, Economic Development and NEPAD Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, (UNECA)
  • Welcome Address: Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Remarks: Tegegnework Gettu, Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Remarks: Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Remarks: Jean Ping, Chairperson, African Union Commission (AUC) 
  • Keynote Address and Official Opening: H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


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