The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has appointed Lamin Barrow,as the new director-general of its Nigeria country office. The regional bank made the announcement in a recent statement. The appointment of Barrow, a Gambian national who joined the bank in 2000, took effect from July 1.
Prior to his appointment, Barrow served as the acting senior director, Nigeria Country Office, in the regional development, integration, and business development vice presidency. Speaking on his appointment, Lamin said, “I am grateful to President Adesina for this appointment, which provides a great opportunity to further contribute to his bold vision to position the Bank as a partner of choice and deliver on the High-5 strategic priorities in this important Regional Member Country, which is key to realizing Africa’s development aspirations.”
Reacting to the development, Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB president, described Barrow as a seasoned professional “with a proven track record in strategic management, country dialogue, portfolio management, negotiations and building partnerships”.“The Nigeria Country Office is strategic for the bank, as it manages a large country portfolio and operates with State governments and the private sector,” he said.
“Lamin’s extensive managerial experience, knowledge in operations, and excellent diplomatic skills in government relations at the highest levels, will help to deepen our operations and engagements with the government and partners in Nigeria.”
Barrow holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Ibadan and a masters in economic policy degree from Boston University, USA. He is also an alumnus of Executive Programs in Finance at The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and Investment and Risk Analysis from Queens University, Canada.
Prior to his career at the bank, Barrow had worked at the Gambia National Investment Board as head of the project development unit, investment promotion division, and division manager, export promotion and development.
He also served as a principal economist from 1991 to 1992, policy analysis unit in the office of the president, before joining the Company for Habitat and Housing in Africa (Shelter-Afrique), where he held various positions between 1994 and 2000.
Author: Dr. Funmi Beckley