AfDB President Mourns Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

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The President of the African Development Bank Group, Donald Kaberuka, has expressed his sadness over the passing of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

In his condolence message to the government of Ethiopia, President Kaberuka said: “Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was a visionary and transformational leader of his country and a voice for Africa in many international fora. He had great ambitions for his country and leaves behind an unrivaled record of social and economic accomplishments.”

The AfDB President further noted that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi “dedicated his life, vast intellectual capabilities and commitment to the transformation agenda of Ethiopia. He was an ardent advocate for African institutions and the African Development Bank  in particular.”

“I worked very closely with the Prime Minister on many African issues and we became personal friends,” Mr. Kaberuka said.

The President, on behalf of the Board of Directors, management and staff of the Bank Group, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the government and the People of Ethiopia, as well as the bereaved family.