Africa: ADB New Board Inaugurated... Urged to Remain Focused On Agric

22 September 2021

The new Board of Directors of the Agricultural Development Bank Limited (Adb) was last week sworn into office with the charge to continue with its core mandate of agricultural financing.

At a ceremony held at the Ministry of Finance, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr John Kumah, commended the previous Board for refocusing the Bank on its core mandate of agricultural financing and was optimistic that the new board would continue with the vision to make the Bank the best bank for agribusiness financing in the country.

The nine-member Board is chaired by Daasebre Akuamoah AgyepongII, Omanheneof the Kwahu Traditional Area with Dr John Kofi Mensah, Managing Director, Alhaji Habib Iddrisu ,Prof. Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Mrs Abena Osei-Asare, Prof. Peter Quartey, Mr George Kwabena Abankwah-Yeboah , Mr Evron Rothschild Hughes and Madam Mary Abla Kessie as members.

"With the coming in of the National Development Bank, ADB will get more funds for medium and long term agricultural financing programmes and I am sure this will help increase the bank's portfolio in the sector," he said.

According to the Deputy Minister, the bank was well positioned to assist the National Development Bank to equally fulfil its mandate of providing long term loans for agribusiness financing to ensure food security and to create wealth for Ghanaians.

"ADB has since 2017 remained a key partner to government initiatives such as the Planting for Food & Jobs, Rearing for Food & Jobs and also the novel One District One Factory initiative and I wish to commend the bank for such a support" he said.

The new Board Chairman, Daasebre Akuamoah Agyepong II, on behalf of the members, thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and other shareholders for the opportunity provided them to serve as directors on the ADB Board.

He pledged the determination of the board members to work assiduously so the bank could start paying dividends to government whiles ensuring that it focused on agricultural financing.

"We are going to work hard to ensure we continue to improve on the financial performance of the bank so we can pay dividends to shareholders", he said.

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