THE African Development Bank (AfBD) is satisfied that Zambian authorities have made good progress in preparing for the AfDB 2016 annual general meeting to take place in Lusaka from May 23 to 27, says the bank’s acting vice president and secretary general Olivier Pinzi.
Mr Pinzi, who led an AfBD mission to Zambia last month to inspect how far Zambia had gone in preparing for the AGM which is expected to be attended by 4,000 delegates from around the world, said he was satisfied with the work done so far.
He said the mission would again visit Zambia in March before the actual day for meetings to assess the progress.
“The mission was satisfied that Zambian authorities had made good progress in preparing for the meetings in terms of conference facilities, accommodation and procurements required for the event.
‘’By March this year, the mission will visit the country again to assess progress,’’ he said. Secretary to the Treasury, Fredson Yamba, on behalf of Zambia thanked the team for their diligence and commitment to working with the Government.
Mr Yamba reassured the delegation that Government would honour its commitments and deliver to the delegates a successful meeting.
‘’On behalf of the Government, I wish to thank you for your diligence and commitment to working with the Government and further reassure you that we will honour our commitments and deliver to the delegates a successful meeting,’’ he said.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Zambia have signed an aide-memoire on modalities for the organization of the bank’s annual meeting. The AGM will take place at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka on the theme, “Energy and Climate Change,” drawing on one of the bank’s “high 5” priority programme to “Light up and Power Africa”.
The theme further reflects the bank’s New Deal on Energy and the key resolutions from the recent UN climate talks (COP21) on global warming held in Paris.
The annual meeting is the bank’s flagship event which brings together some 5,000 delegates and participants, usually finance, economy and trade ministers, development partners, representatives of international organizations, academia, civil society and the media, among others.
Delegates largely come from the bank’s 54 regional (African) member countries and 26 non-regional member countries.