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AFDB President Akinwunmi Adesina Makes History

Akinwunmi Adesina, has made history as the first President of the African Development Bank, AFDB, win re-election with 100% votes.

The globally renowned development economist, highlighted this in his acceptance speech to the Bank’s Board of Governors and other stakeholders.

Akinwunmi Adesina, a World Food Prize Laureate and Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate, spoke after his re-election as AFDB President.

He said, “Of course, right now, the sound that is the loudest in my ears is the announcement of my reelection as President of the African Development Bank for a second term.

“I am deeply grateful for the collective trust, strong confidence and support of our shareholders for electing me for a second term as President.

“It is yet another call for selfless service to Africa and the AFDB, to which I will passionately devote myself.

“We also made history by re-electing me by 100 per cent votes via a vote. So, I became the first President of the bank in its history to win re-election by 100 percent votes of all its shareholders and I am most grateful and very appreciative.

“This was very important; it shows the transparency of our bank, it shows your demonstrated weight of support behind my vision.

“It shows a very clear and strong mandate from all shareholders to go and implement the vision, it shows that all voices were heard, it shows that we are true to the constitutive test of our bank.

“The future beckons us for a more developed Africa and a much stronger and resilient African Development Bank Group.

“We will build on the strong foundations of success in the past five years. We will also strengthen the institution, for greater effectiveness and impacts.”

CANDIIDONLINE reports that as newly re-elected President, Dr. Adesina, a former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, will begin his new term on September 1, 2020.

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Written by Mateen Badru

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