Lagos - African Development Bank (AfDB) President-elect, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, pledged the financial firm's commitment to reduce poverty and bridge the gender divide in the continent.
The former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has been elected to the helm of the key continental institution.
He said together with stakeholders, AfDB could build a stronger and more prosperous Africa, with smart infrastructure, energy for all, a strong private sector, new economic opportunities that will deliver quality jobs and hope for millions of youths and women.
He was upbeat of the revival of Africa's rural economies to lift many out of poverty, and regional integration for shared prosperity.
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"The shareholders of the AfDB from African and non-African countries gave strong support, for which I am deeply grateful. Together, we will build a new Africa with inclusive and green growth," Adesina said.
Meanwhile, he said he was "deeply humbled and honoured" to have been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the AfDB at a time that presented great opportunities and profound challenges for the continent.
"The AfDB campaign and election has been an incredible experience, and I am grateful to all those who supported me along the way," he said.
He praised former President Goodluck Jonathan, who nominated him, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his endorsement, and ex-Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Adesina spoke well of his predecessor.
"I am hopeful and excited about the prospect of building on the great work of President Donald Kaberuka at the AfDB."
- CAJ News