AfDB appoints new director-general for Nigeria

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the African Development Bank Group has appointed Mr Lamin Barrow as the director-general of its Nigeria office.

According to a statement issued by the bank on Tuesday, before his appointment, Barrow was Acting Senior Director, Nigeria Country Office, in the Regional Development, Integration & Business Development Vice Presidency.

Commenting on the appointment, President, AfDB, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said, “Mr Lamin Barrow is a seasoned professional, with a proven track record in strategic management, country dialogue, portfolio management, negotiations and building partnerships.

“The Nigeria Country Office is strategic for the bank as it manages a large country portfolio and operations with State governments and the private sector.

“Lamin’s extensive managerial experience, knowledge in operations and excellent diplomatic skills in government relations at the highest levels will help to deepen our operations and engagements with the government and partners in Nigeria.”

On his part, Barrow said he was grateful for the appointment.

The statement added since Barrow joined the bank, he had served as Senior Financial Analyst, Infrastructure Department; Principal Country Programme Officer, Rwanda Country Office; and Resident Representative in Ethiopia where he oversaw a portfolio of $1.2bn.

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