The new President of the African Development Bank took up his position at Abidjan in the Ivory Coast on Monday (1 September).
GV EXT Conference building, Congress Palace, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
CU African Development Bank sign.
SV INT Mr. Abdoulaye Kone (Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning) and Mr. Wila D. Mung Ombe (new president of the Bank of African Development) walks onto platform.
GV Delegates seated.
SCU Kone speaking in French.
CU & SV Delegates seated. (3 SHOTS)
CU Mung'Ombe speaking in English
MUNG'OMBE: "I stand sir, before these national colours, the powerful symbols of power and unity of African states, to pledge with all sincerity and solemnity that I will serve faithfully the institution and all member states and ensure that the lofty ideals of the founding fathers of the African Development Bank are not only maintained, but sustained at all levels."
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Background: The new President of the African Development Bank took up his position at Abidjan in the Ivory Coast on Monday (1 September). He's 40-year-old Wila D. Mung'Ombe from Zambia. He takes over from Mr. Goodall Edward Gondwe, who acted as president of the bank from July, 1979. Mr. Gondwe looked after the bank following the departure of the former president Mr. Kwame Donkor Fordwor.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mung 'Ombe formally took up his new role at a ceremony at the Congress Palace, in Abidjan. He was accompanied by the Ivory Coast Minister for the Economy, Finance and Planning, Mr. Abdoulaye Kone. Mr. Mung'Ombe was elected to the new post by the Board of Governors of the ABD on the 26th of June for a five-year term.
Mr. Kone addressed the ceremony and assigned Mr. Mung'Ombe four objectives. They included: developing agriculture, improving transport, making available more credit for housing and encouraging industrialisation. He also called on the new president to look closely at ways of re-structuring the bank to carry out the objectives.
In reply Mr. Mung'Ombe pledged to serve the ABD faithfully and try to carry out reforms.