AfDB-Netherlands: Mrs. Agnes Van Ardenne-Van Der Hoeven visits the Bank

07/02/2006
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AfDB-Netherlands: Mrs. Agnes Van Ardenne-Van Der Hoeven visits the Bank

The Dutch Minister of Development Cooperation and Alternate Governor of the Bank, Mrs. Agnes Van Ardenne-Van Der Hoeven, was in the Bank on Tuesday for meetings with President Donald Kaberuka, Board members and senior management.  After a tête-à-tête meeting, the President and the Minister held a Policy Dialogue with senior staff during which Mrs. Van Ardenne-van Der Hoeven welcomed the ongoing reforms in the Bank which she described as "a bold and very welcome move in the right direction."  The international environment is changing, she said, "and so is Africa, and the Bank will need to adapt itself."  President Kaberuka stressed the need for collective effort: "we are interested in developing bilateral and multilateral ways of working."  The Minister had an informal meeting with the Boards.