The President of the Republic Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi will, in the coming hours, make the trip to Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea. He will participate in the annual meetings of the African Development Bank Group (ADB), which will be held from 11 to 14 June 2019.
At the same time, the 54th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessionary window of the Bank.
Organized under the leadership of the African Development Bank, these meetings are an appointment of decision-makers and funders of regional and subregional integration projects.
Felix Tshisekedi will take part as second vice-president of the African Union and president of the Central Africa subregion.
These meetings are an opportunity for the head of state, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi, to make the voice of the DRC heard from the top of this platform. The ADB is very interested in the INGA project in order to boost the industrialization of several African states.
The theme chosen by the Bank in 2019 for these Annual Meetings is “regional integration”, which is one of the five main strategic priorities of the institution, in other words the “High 5”. One of these is to enlighten Africa; to feed Africa; to industrialize Africa; to integrate Africa and improve the quality of life of people in Africa.
This African continent with a billion inhabitants, generates a total GDP of 3,400 billion dollars. Such a market is likely to create huge opportunities for entrepreneurs on the continent.
But to achieve this, African governments and regional economic communities must step up their efforts to facilitate the free movement of people, goods, services and trade.
Hence the relevance of addressing the challenges facing the continent and also proposing ways to move forward in Africa’s regional integration.