Dr. Adesina of AfDB to speak at Invest in Ghana

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina - AfDB President
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina – AfDB President

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) president, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina would feature among other keynote speakers at this year’s ‘Invest in Ghana’ event scheduled for October 21 and 22.

Dr. Adesina will join President John Mahama to welcome delegates from around the world to Accra.

The AfDB president has lived and worked in 15 African countries including 10 years in Francophone nations during his illustrious career as a development economist.

Before being nominated as the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Adesina successfully led some of the most critical global efforts in support of the development of the agricultural sector.

Through his efforts he was selected by Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations as one of the 17 leaders in the world to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals.

“As we open up Africa with high quality regional infrastructure – especially rail, transnational highways, information and communications, air and maritime transport – Africa will witness a phenomenal boost in intra-Africa and global trade and the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses, large businesses, and millions of our young people, will be unleashed.

“The African Development Bank will work in new ways to address root causes of economic fragility, support diversification of economies, strengthen institutions for transparency, accountability and good governance, and support countries to get more out of their own domestic resources”, says Dr. Adesina

The AfDB head also served as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Vice President (policy and partnerships) of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) where he led several bold policy and innovative finance initiatives that leveraged over $4 billion in bank finance commitments towards Africa’s agriculture sector, and for ten years as the Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Most recently as an influential member of the economic management team of Nigeria, Dr. Adesina also participated in the implementation of macroeconomic and fiscal policies in various sectors including infrastructure, energy, education, and transportation.

Dr. Adesina joins Invest in Ghana, 2015, which is a conference and exhibition summit focusing on doing business in Ghana.

The event is organised by the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) in association with Homestrings Ltd, and is expected to bring together over 300 local, regional and international business leaders and investors.

Source: GNA

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