President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, will visit Nigeria from September 26–28, 2016, on his first official visit to the country since his appointment last year.
A statement issued by AfDB explained that Adesina will meet policy-makers, the private sector, and development partners to discuss the challenges facing Nigeria and highlight the AfDB’s commitment to further strengthen its partnership with Nigeria.
Adesina said: “I am very much looking forward to my first official visit to Nigeria as President of the AfDB. Nigeria is a vital shareholder and partner for the Bank. The Nigerian economy is in a critical phase, and in these difficult times, we have to make sure we all work together to tackle the challenges facing Africa’s largest economy.”
Also, the visit aims to advance cooperation across a wide range of areas, including how best Nigeria can respond to its current challenges.
In Abuja, Adesina will hold a series of meetings with the leadership of Nigeria, including President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun, and Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele.
The AfDB President will take part in a roundtable discussion with philanthropic leaders and hold discussions with the private sector, as well as development partners. Adesina will also receive an award by the Nigerian Economic Society.
As at September 2016, the Bank has invested about US $7 billion in the Nigerian economy since it began its operations in the country in 1967.
Also, the Bank said it is working working closely with the Government of Nigeria to support its various sectors, including agriculture, infrastructure, energy, transport, water and sanitation.