African Development Bank (AfDB) President-elect, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has unveiled the agenda he intends to implement when he assumes duty on September 1.

It centres around building “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, revival of Africa’s rural economies to lift many out of poverty, and regional integration for shared prosperity.”

The AfDB campaign and election has been an incredible experience, and I am grateful to all those who supported me along the way and to each and every person with whom I’ve met and exchanged ideas and hopes for inclusive economic growth on our continent throughout this process.

“I am thankful to have been given the chance to travel to so many parts of the continent – small states, fragile states, and large states across Africa – to feel the pulse of African leaders and peoples.

I met with young people and women – Africa’s greatest assets, with small and medium-sized enterprises, and with Africa’s business leaders. From rural areas to burgeoning cities, I saw vast opportunities for a greater and more inclusive Africa.

I am hopeful and excited about the prospect of building on the great work of President Donald Kaberuka at the AfDB.

“Together, we can 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, revival of Africa’s rural economies to lift many out of poverty, and regional integration for shared prosperity.

“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 also paid tribute to those who contested the position with him, and commended all those who made his victory possible. He said: “I commend all my colleagues who contested for the position, their countries, and supporters. They conducted great campaigns. They are all great assets to Africa. “I am truly humbled by the support of many Presidents across every region of Africa. Africa is my home.

“I would like to give my special thanks to a few people in particular without whom this success would not have been possible: former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his nominating me, his confidence, and his steadfast, enthusiastic support; President Muhammadu Buhari for his strong endorsement and rallying support for us; and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for her vital role and tremendous effort in delivering this successful outcome.

Adesina said in a statement issued in Abuja: “I am deeply humbled and honoured to have been entrusted with the great responsibility of leading the African Development Bank (AfDB) at a time that presents such great opportunities and also profound challenges for our continent.

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