Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has pledged to bridge the infrastructure gap in Africa by expanding partnership and tilting more attention to the continent.
Adesina made the vow during his inaugural address after being sworn-in for a second term as AfDB President in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
The AfDB President, who was re-elected unanimously by the bank’s board of Governors on August 27, said his administration will focus on the institution, people, delivery, and sustainability.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything globally; it has thrown Africa’s growth back. The continent has lost gains and economic growth that were achieved over the last decade.
“Africa’s recovery will therefore be long and challenging. Now we must help Africa build back boldly but smartly, paying greater attention to quality growth, especially in the areas of health, climate, and the environment.
“As we look into the future, working with the board of Directors, the bank will pay increased attention to supporting Africa with quality healthcare infrastructure and building on its comparative advantage in infrastructure. The bank’s infrastructure work will focus on economic infrastructure, quality physical infrastructure in health,” he added.