Exclusive: Bedoumra Kordjé, presidential candidate to the African Development Bank


“For me it is a calling, a mission to accomplish” 24 hours from the definitive closing of the candidates selected for the presidency of the African Development Bank (ADB), Bedoumra Kordjé, now more than ever a candidate for this position, gives us his impressions. In this exclusive interview, the current Chadian Minister of Finance and Budget, shares his vision for the future of the African Development Bank, an institution he knows well, having worked there for 29 years, including 16 years in management positions, notably the vice presidency. Prior to his current role, Mr. Kordjé was the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic and, before that, the Minister of Planning, Economy and International Cooperation. As he has the international experience of a large institution combined with the realities of a senior public servant, he is thus in a strong position for the presidency of the pan-African financial institution. In 2014, Bedoumra Kordjé served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) and the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for the Monetary Union of Central Africa (UMAC). In October of 2014, he was elected the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank during the Annual Meetings of these two institutions in Washington. “I have extensive experience in leadership, in developing bilateral and multilateral partnerships, and in strategic management focused on results, as a policy maker both domestically and internationally. During my long career, I have developed skills in all areas of concern to development (Economics, Finance, Management, etc.). ” Growing up on a rural farm and now as a father, M. Kordjé has experienced firsthand youth unemployment and the lack of opportunity for women, in addition to the issues thatrural communities, the working poor, and disadvantaged urban populations confront. It is these challenges that established very early on his commitment to the development of the African continent and his passion for serving Africa. Find his interview in the February publication of Financial Afrik.   Liana Cramer 


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