Dr. Akinwumi Adesina President of the AfDB raised an eyebrow at the Improvement to Failing Global Financial Architecture
By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- The Bank’s President Adesina made the call at Oxford University, London, during the onset ceremony for the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Class of 2023, Saïd Business School. He declared unless global leaders give a premium to financing for development, opportunities for governments to attain the joint dream of a more just and equitable world would be a mirage.
He said: “We must ensure equal opportunities for all. Regardless of one’s economic, social, or racial background, we must create a level playing field for a more just, fair, and equitable world; a better world for 940 million people who are without electricity; a better
place for three billion people without clean cooking energy — a majority who are women, and of which millions and their children die from inhaling smoke while trying to cook decent meals for their families.
“A better world for two billion people without access to clean water and 4.5 billion people without sanitation; a better world for the 1.7 billion people without access to basic finance, credit, savings, payments, or insurance; a better world for the 244 million children that are out of school, including 129 million girls. Many of them have dreams just like you today.”
According to Adesina, “the world faces many complex challenges. At the top of this is climate change, which poses existential risks for the world. We must do all we can to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. We need innovations to power the world better with renewable energy.
“However, they cannot achieve their dreams and neither can our world achieve our collective dream of a more just and equitable world, unless we prioritize financing for developing countries to accelerate development.”
In congratulating participants of the MBA Class of 2023, he exhorted them to adopt integrity, adding that the degrees would open doors for them, integrity would keep them successful, and make the world a better place.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent