African Leaders Rally Behind AfDB Head Akin Adesina

Leaders across Africa have spoken out in support of African Development Bank (AfDB) President Adesina Akinwunmi, whose candidacy for a second term has received widespread backing. A May 22 letter from U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin demanded an investigation into ethics allegations that had already been investigated and found "baseless and unsubstantiated" by a committee on the Board of Directors. Former African presidents, led by Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo, issued a letter calling for all member countries "to respect the rules, procedures and governance structures of the Bank". The first U.S. Representative to the Bank, appointed by President Reagan, has written to Mnuchin in support of Adesina. 

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African Development Bank President Adesina Akinwunmi, addressing a town hall meeting.

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On March 1, 2017, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina made a courtesy call on Suad Sayed Ali Omer Beheiry, widow of the late Dr. Mamoun Beheiry, the first President and founding father of the African Development Bank Group.

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Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), greets Yacine Fal, AfDB Deputy Director for North Africa, at the Marrakech-Menara international airport on Friday, April 7, 2017.

AfDB president Akin Adesina presented the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award Washington DC, June 13, 2017, by Tom Vilsack, former secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture

Le lauréat 2017 du Prix mondial de l'alimentation et président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina.

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