At the invitation of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the African Development Bank Group President, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, Canada’s Minister for International Development, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, will be visiting Côte d’Ivoire to strengthen relations with the African Development Bank Group, of which Canada is the fifth-largest shareholder and the fourth among non-regional member countries.
The visit includes a half-day tour of a Bank-financed agriculture project in rural Côte d’Ivoire and culminates at the Bank headquarters in Abidjan. It will be an opportunity for the Bank and Canada to strengthen relations in light of the Canadian Government’s international priorities, which include, among others, empowerment of women and girls on the continent, energy and climate change, security in the Sahel, and opportunities for trade and investment.
As the first visit by Canada’s Minister of International Development to the Bank, and the first official meeting between President Adesina and the Canadian Government, it provides an opportunity to engage on issues of importance to both parties, namely the empowerment of women and girls in keeping with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, renewable energy, climate change and security in the Sahel.
It will also offer a platform to explore greater cooperation between Canada and Africa, including trade and investment opportunities on the continent.
Canada joined the African Development Fund (ADF) in 1973 and the African Development Bank (the Bank) in 1982. It supported all capital Increases and contributed to all replenishments of the ADF. The African Development Bank Group is one of Canada’s key development partners in supporting sustainable economic growth in Africa. The core area of focus for Canada is empowerment of women and girls. Other priority development areas for Canada’s partnership with the Bank Group include: Environment and climate action, Growth that works for everyone, Inclusive governance, and peace and security.
The country supports a number of Multi-Donor Trust Funds and other initiatives hosted by the Bank.