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The World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI) and the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) will hold the first WFDFI CEOs Forum in Gaborone, Botswana at the Gaborone International Conference Center, from November 02-04, 2016. The Forum is being organized in partnership with Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) as host institution, with the support of the Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry and the Government of Botswana.

It is a bilingual program in English and French on the theme: “DFIs Sustaining Relevance in the Age of Disruption”.

The Official Opening Ceremony of this Forum will take place on Thursday November 03, 2016 at 9 am under the Patronage of His Honour the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana and will be presided over by the Honorable Minister of Investment Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana. Representatives of Ministers of some African Countries, officials of African Development Bank, Central Banks Governors will address the participants on the Forum theme.

The Forum will discuss contemporary issues and trends in global development finance environment, share and learn best practices, challenges and innovative ideas in DFI operations. In addition, it will present thoughts and perspectives on future sustainable trends in DFI operations, and provide a networking platform for partnership in investment promotion and mobilization of investment capital.

The Forum will bring together Chief Executive Officers and Senior Management Executives of Asian, African, Latin America, and European DFIs; Multilateral Development Finance Institutions(MDFIs); Officials of African DFIs Supervisory Authorities and Government Agencies responsible for the promotion of sustainable financing for real economy development; Officials of Central Banks, Ministries of Finance, Commercial Banks, and other stakeholders. In this regard, the Forum will therefore witness the largest gathering of actors in the development financing sector.

The WFDFI is the global Association for continental Associations of DFIs established in 1979 and includes: Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI); Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP); and Latin American Association of Development Finance Institutions (ALIDE) and the Association of National Development Finance Institutions in Member Countries of the Islamic Development Bank (ADFIMI).

As for the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI), it is a continental organisation established under the auspices of the African Development Bank in 1975. Its Headquarters is located in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. It has about 82 members in 40 countries and made up of national and multinational institutions engaged in finance and development activities in Africa. Its mission consists in promoting economic and cooperation relations among African countries to accelerate regional integration and sustainable development. It has also the status of Observer at the World Bank.

The local member-institution of the Association in the Republic of Botswana is Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA), whose Chief Executive Officer is Mr. Thabo Prince THAMANE.

The current Chairman of the Association is Mr. Patrick Khulekani Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Further information about AADFI as well as its activities are available on its website:

News Agencies as well as National and international media are invited to cover the CEOs Forum of the World Federation of Development Institutions (WFDFI).

For further information about the coordination of the Forum, please contact:
Ms. Anno Tshipa, Marketing and Communication Manager; Tel.: +267 317 0895; Email: for CEDA,

Mr. Cyril OKOYE; Training and Research Manager; Tel: (225) 22 52 79 40; Fax: (225) 22522584/ 22 52 79 41; Email: for AADFI.

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