As part of the return of the
"The AfDB is now back in the Ivorian capital, its registered office since 1964. We are glad to be back home," he said in his opening remarks.
"This return is effective with my presence, that of the Vice-Presidents and 1,000 staff already settled in the Ivorian economic capital, in anticipation of the 500 staff who will arrive in the days to come. Conditions are right to enable the AfDB to work effectively," Kaberuka continued.
Donald Kaberuka reiterated his gratitude to the Government of CÔte d'Ivoire, which he said, "has spared no effort to prepare our return, including the renovation of the CCIA building where we now are."
He did, however, wish to recall the profound changes experienced by the Bank in a decade during which it has tripled its capital. This growth in capital has the corollary of an increase in the Bank's intervention budget on the continent, with a portfolio of some
In the course of his discussions with the press, Kaberuka reaffirmed the confidence of the Bank in the Ivorian Government. The return to
Also, the Bank wishes to fully involve itself in the country's reconstruction process, through the financing of infrastructure projects and budget support.
In fact, the AfDB active portfolio in CÔte d'Ivoire currently has 11 operations amounting to a total of approximately E233 million. These are mainly infrastructure projects in a context of post-conflict rebuilding. Half of the resources are allocated to the private sector for such projects as the construction of the Henri Konan BÉdiÉ Bridge, and the extension of the Azito and Ciprel power stations.
The AfDB President also expressed the Bank's concern at the Ebola outbreak that is raging in
The aim of this grant is to control the spread of the Ebola epidemic in the four affected countries of
Kaberuka closed by announcing that the first meeting in
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