Speaking at the opening, President Kagame said that
President Kagame Kagame said also that without a doubt,
"For most of our countries the road has been uneven and we have sometimes stumbled or stalled. But we have forged ahead. Across the continent, there is a renewed sense of optimism that gives meaning to the now familiar phrase of "Africa Rising". Evidence points to sustained economic growth for the coming decades. This upward curve is the result of deliberate action by African countries".
President of AfDB Dr.
"Our business has continued to grow, increasing by 45% in the last five years and tripling in the last eight years, our risk bearing capacity is up 25% in the last four years. We have remained relevant in crisis times, with counter cyclical lending, as we did in 2009, nearly doubling lending as high as one to six" he said
In addition, Dr. Kaberuka said that the Bank is opening up offices in
A dialogue with leaders
During an interactive panel themed "Have Your Say", bringing together President Kagame, President
President Museveni said the fact that
President Bongo pointed out that no other continent has done what
Deputy President Ruto in his interventions focused on the projects that the northern corridor countries are implementing to meet infrastructure and trade challenges.
President Kagame, in his remarks, emphasised the need for implementation. "We can't do everything at once but there are some things we can do now. We don't have to wait for rail to lift visas for African's across the continent."
As for the role of young people, President Kagame challenged youth to get involved, explaining that in
Various interventions from the youth asked leaders to ease mobility, create an environment for innovation, provide more than formal education, involve youth more in decision making, work towards facilitating trade across borders and making career development a priority.
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