Akinwumi A. Adesina was elected president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in the Board of Governors held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on May 28, in the framework of the Annual Meetings of the AfDB Group.
Akinwumi A. Adesina, until now Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is replacing Donald Kaberuka, whose second term as AfDB president expires in August.
Adesina, 55, who will take office on the first of September, was elected on the 50th anniversary of the organization, with the participation of governors of the 54 Member States and 26 non-regional members.
The other candidates contesting the presidency were: Sufian Ahmed, Ethiopia; Jaloul Ayed, Tunisia; Kordje Bedoumra, Chad; Cristina Duarte, Cape Verde; Samura MW Kamara, Sierra Leone; Thomas Z. Sakala, Zimbabwe, and Boubacar Sidibe Birama, Mali.
The meeting, which was held under the theme “Africa and the new world outlook.” was attended by representatives of other multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the media.
During it, the delegations discussed the challenges being faced by Africa in key areas such as climate change, infrastructures, industry and governance.
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