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Africa: Dr. Adesina AfDB 8th President Sworn in for Second Term

“Today, a rainbow stretches from the 81 member countries of the African Development Bank across the deep blue skies of Africa… The future beckons us for a more developed Africa and a much stronger and resilient African Development Bank,” said Dr.AkinwumiAdesinaas he addressed participants after formally being sworn into office for a second term Tuesday.

President Adesina’s historic re-election took place last week.The swearing-in ceremony, which took place at the Bank’s Abidjan headquarters was presided over by newly appointed Chair of the Board of Governors, Ghanaian Finance Minister Kenneth Ofori-Atta, who administered the Oath Office.

Several presidents attended the virtual ceremony live and sent messages of support. They included Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the president of Liberia, George Weah, Alpha Conde of Guinea, Guinea Bissau President UmaroSissocoEmbaló and Denis SassouNguesso of Republic of Congo. Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President AtikuAbubakar was also present.

Ofori-Atta was assisted by the past Board of Governors Chair, Ivorian Planning Minister NialeKaba, and the Bank’s Secretary General Vincent Nmehielle who read the resolution of the Board confirming Adesina’s election.

On 27 August 2020, Governors of the 54 African regional member countries and 27 non-regional member countries of the African Development Bank Group unanimously voted in the eighth President for a second five-year term on the final day of the 2020 Annual Meetings.