African Development Bank Elects new President
Doctor Akinwumi Adesina has been elected as president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) with a large majority vote.
The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs won over 60 percent of the vote, facing off competition from finance ministers; Kordjé Bedoumra of Chad and Cristina Duarte of Cape Verde.
The AfDB website describes the role that Adesina will be occupying: “The African Development Bank operates under the leadership of the President, who serves as the legal representative of the Bank, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, and the Chief of Staff of the Bank. The President conducts the current business of the Bank, under the direction of the Board of Directors. The President is elected by the Board of Governors and serves a 5-year term, renewable once.”
Adesina campaigned on a ticket of increased inclusiveness, highlighting the massive potential agriculture had to play in the work of the Bank.
The AfDB has the goal: “To spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries.” The bank is also committed to helping African nations achieve their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which including eradicating HIV/AIDS, promoting gender equality, and wiping out extreme poverty and hunger.