African Development Bank and its erudite President
Akinwumi Adesina dialled up Kenya this month. President Adesina amongst many things sports a vivacious bow-tie on most occasions. President Kenyatta who is clearly partial to the AfDB President arrived about thirty minutes early for an Africa50 function I attended.
that is unbelievable and off the charts and it speaks to the esteem with which you are evidently held.''
''I have directed all govt accounting officers including Principal Secretaries, Parastatal Heads, Vice Chancellors of Public Universities & Chairmen of State Corporations that there will be no new government projects that will be embarked on until those that are ongoing are complete.''
I thought to myself, that is influence for you. AfDB president operates in a very subtle and
Tzu way. He was elected eighth President of the African Development Bank on
May 28, 2015. Before that, he was
Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and before that he was at AGRA here in Nairobi.
The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund.
The AfDB’s mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region. The Mission statement has been reinterpreted and fine tuned under the Banner
Headline ''The High 5s''
The use of the phrase as a noun has been part of the Oxford English Dictionary since 1980 and as a verb since 1981.The phrase is related to the slang "give me five" which is a request for some form of handshake – variations include "slap me five", "slip me five", "give me (some) skin" – with "five" referring to the number of fingers on a hand.
don't think you will find anyone who is going to argue with these coordinates. According to the latest data,
Cumulative loans signed, net of cancelations, as at
31 December 2017
amounted to $62.33b and total
disbursed and outstanding loans as at
31 December 2017
was $24.88b. The scale of the bank is seen in its plan to raise
$8 billion from the global capital markets in 2018.
programs which seek to stimulate the SME sector. This is not an exhaustive List.
measure the ''Multiplier'' Ratio.
i came across this
Jorge Luis Borges quote on the AfDB web site
“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”
President Adesina spoke about how the private sector need to ''influence'' and I was left thinking about how Africa is not one Country but 55. One of our singular disadvantages is that marshalling 55 voices into one voice is no easy task.
vision and advocating in the Pan-African interest. This is crucial if we, as a continent,are to move meaningfully into the future that our more
than a billion fellow Africans are wishing for.