AfDB has capital base of $103.53bn, 2,065 staff, says official

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ABUJA – Dr Ousmane Dore, the Country , African Development Bank (AfDB) in Nigeria, the bank presently has a capital base of 103.53 billion dollars and 2,065 staff strength as at December 2013.

Dore disclosed this at a news conference marking the 50th  anniversary of the bank on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the bank, which had evolved to become Africa’s premier development finance institution, started the capital base of 250 million dollars in 1964 in Lagos.

According to Dore, AfDB commands the respect of its much older peers; like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as an undisputed development finance institution.

The country said that AfDB currently financing projects and programmes as well as dissemination of knowledge on development in all regional countries.

He stated that the bank’s funding envelop covered infrastructure, which accounted for more than half of the funding, agriculture and development, , finance and environmental sectors.

Dore said that the bank had committed a cumulative 4,501 loans and grants valued at 104 billion dollars between 1967 and 2013 in its countries.

According to him, the AfDB has a total investment of about five billion dollars in agriculture, infrastructure, education and development, environment, as well as peace and security in Nigeria as at 2013.

“AfDB’s lending portfolio in Nigeria since 1971 is five billion dollars, while its current project portfolio in the country is two billion dollars.

“The bank will continue to the country’s policies in infrastructure development, agriculture and other sectors to get to the of 20th economy in the world,’’ he said.

Dore said that the banks would focus on the next 50 years, under the guiding principle of its Vision 2063 as well as the establishment of the “Africa50 Fund’’ to build the desired continent.

“AfDB will strive to build the Africa we want through a partnership platform championing projects that tackle Africa’s infrastructure deficit,’’ he said. (NAN