Chairman, United Bank for Africa Plc, Tony O. Elumelu, has hailed the African Finance Corporation (AFC) on its various initiatives and contributions targeted towards supporting African economies in the last few years, noting that these initiatives have gone a long way in fostering growth and diversity on the continent.
Elumelu, who gave this commendation during the AFC’s 10th Anniversary celebrations of the corporation in Abuja, on Monday, was also full of praises for the corporate governance culture exhibited and practiced by the AFC, adding that its impact has been felt not only in Africa, but by the world over.
The UBA Group chairman, who was honoured and recognised at the event as a long serving board member of the AFC, said: “As a pioneer chairman of Risk and governance at the AFC, I interacted closely with management and the AFC has world class leadership and management. “We have seen great seeds planted. This is indeed an African institution domiciled in Nigeria with world class standards,” he said, as he referred to the Triple A rating of the AFC.
Having served on the board of AFC for 9 years, he shared his vision and hopes for the corporation in the next 10 years as he sat on a panel titled, ‘The foundation for growth’, alongside the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Professor Chuwuma Soludo.
“The commodity crisis has demonstrated that we need to attract more capital to Africa and I would like to see the AFC mobilising much needed capital to the continent as we engage with our political leaders to create the enabling environment for growth and development,” Elumelu said.
Acting President, Pro. Yemi Osinbajo, who had earlier opened the AFC’s summit on Infrastructure revolution, commended Obasanjo, for his clear vision in conceiving the idea of an African Development Finance Institution that would be birthed on the continent, saying: “The idea of developing a wholly African Finance Institution that was the will of African leaders, nations and institutions, seemed far – fetched a decade ago”.
He expressed pride that Africa was on the right path, adding “this coming decade is Africa’s time’ and ‘the world would be seeing real development on the continent in the next few years.
Other African leaders who were in attendance at the summit include the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; Ghana’s Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta; Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Uganda’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Hon Kasija Matia; Gambian Minister of Trade, Isatou Touray; Nigeria’s former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and many others.