AfDB holds first virtual annual meetings amid COVID-19 crisis

For the first time in the history of the African Development Bank, its annual meetings will be held virtually to comply with the COVID-19 pandemic-related social-distancing guidelines.

The Governors’ Dialogue and the election of a president will be top of the agenda of the upcoming annual meetings scheduled for 26-27 August 2020.

This year, which marks the 55th meeting of the bank’s Board of Governors and the 46th Annual Meeting of the African Development Fund, the bank’s concessional arm, has the added significance of being an election year for the bank’s president.

The incumbent, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, is running as the sole candidate for a new five-year term.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the continent’s shores in early March, over 1,000,000 confirmed cases of the virus have been recorded in Africa.

The pandemic has hit the region’s economies hard in the wake of falling commodity prices and containment measures by governments that have led to country lockdowns.

For several months, AfDB has been extending support to regional member countries in cushioning their economies, health systems, and citizens’ livelihoods from parallel health and economic impacts from COVID-19.

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