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African Development Bank President Visits Sierra Leone for the First Time

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina will be in Sierra Leone from the 11th to 13th March 2020 on a three-day official visit. 

This is the first time Dr. Adesina is visiting Sierra Leone in his capacity as president of the continent’s Development Bank.

During his visit, he will be meeting with President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. RTD. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa and other Ministers of Government, Heads of Government agency and other development partners.

“Dr. Adesina will have the opportunity to get firsthand information from critical stakeholders of the state on the development priorities, progress, and challenges that will allow him to support the financing of projects and programs that will resonate with the aspirations of the people of Sierra Leone,” Sahr L. Jusu, Financial Secretary said.

Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina is the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group. The Bank’s Board of Governors at its Annual Meetings in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire elected him to the position on May 28, 2015.

Dr. Adesina, 58, is a distinguished development economist and agricultural development expert with 25 years of international experience. He is the first Nigerian to serve as President of the Bank Group.

He served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015, during which time he implemented bold policy reforms in the fertilizer sector and pursued innovative agricultural investment programs to expand opportunities for the private sector.

He will be coming along with the Director-General Marie-Laure Akin-Ologbade, Executive Director Kenyah Barley, AfDB Country Manager for Ethiopia, Abdul Kamara and other staff of the Bank.

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