Akinwumi A. Adesina has been re-elected to another five-year term as president of the African Development Bank, during a board vote that came on the last day of the AfDB annual meeting.
Adesina received the unanimous vote of all regional and non-regional AfDB members, despite questions about his leadership raised in recent months by the United States, which called for an investigation, and criticism from the World Bank in February that rankled AfDB leaders.
“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 African Development Bank, to which I will passionately devote myself,” said the 60-year-old Adesina.
“The future beckons us for a more developed Africa and a much stronger and resilient African Development Bank Group,” he added. “We will build on the strong foundations of success in the past five years.”
During that time, the AfDB said it served 335 million Africans with life-changing improvements. They include providing electricity to 18 million people and private-investment financing for another 15 million. Another 101 million were provided access to improved transport, 60 million had access to water and sanitation, and 141 million people benefited from improved agricultural technologies for food security.
Adesina, a former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, will begin his new term on September 1.
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