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    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    We Need AfDB to Assist African Nations With Resources - Adeosun

    Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has called for a strong and well-capitalized African Development Bank (AfDB) that is capable of fulfilling its commitments to member-countries.
    Adeosun made this call at the Regional Consultative Meeting between the AfDB President, Mr. Akinwumi Adesina and the Bank's Governors and Ministers of Finance from West Africa and Central Africa held recently in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

    The meeting was the first consultation of its kind since the creation of the Bank in 1963.
    The Nigerian Minister stated that a solid AfDB was required to assist the African countries to mobilise their internal resources.

    She said, "At the height of the crisis that shook our economy due to the fall in oil prices, the AfDB provided us with substantial budget support, while other partners were very reluctant."
    Adesina told the Bank Governors that the annual meetings had hitherto been the only setting for group dialogue between the Governors and the Management of the Bank.

    "We intend for this type of consultation to be an annual event that provides another opportunity to listen to you, to seek your advice and discuss important developments and matters important to the work of the Bank and Africa's development."

    At the meeting, the Governors and the AfDB Senior Management agreed to accelerate the implementation of the Bank's five strategic priorities which include: light up and power Africa, feed Africa, industrialise Africa, integrate Africa, and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa
    Meanwhile, the AfDB Treasurer and Acting Vice-President, Finance, Hassatou Diop N'Sele, assured that the Bank was financially strong.

    "We know that our continent needs substantial resources to meet its development goals. Without Africa, the sustainable development goals will not be achieved globally," N'Sele said.

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