The Board of Governors of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), comprising the Ministers of Finance and or Economic Planning of the fifteen ECOWAS member states, has unanimously re-appointed Dr George Agyekum Nana Donkor as President of the Bank for the second term of five years beginning February 1, 2024.
The appointment took place during the just ended 21st Ordinary Session of the Board of Governors.
In taking the decision, the Board of Governors took into consideration the progress made by the Bank since Dr Donkor assumed office in January 2020.
Notable achievements under his leadership include the reduction of the Bank’s non-performing loans (NPL) ratio from over 8% to 4.28%, $77.5 million recovered in respect of capital arrears, 36.8% balance sheet growth in 2022, two consecutive widely successful debenture issuances on the UEMOA market and the enhanced quality of the Bank’s portfolio.
The Board also expressed its satisfaction with the improvement in the Bank’s credit rating, currently B2 with a stable outlook by both Moody’s and Fitch
Rating Agencies, which is the best ever rating in the Bank’s history and a reflection of the renewed investor confidence in the Bank, in spite of the daunting global economic context caused by COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
In his remarks, the outgoing chairman of the Board of Governors, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Business Development and Digital Economy of the Republic of Cabo Verde, His Excellency Dr Olavo Avelino Garcia Correia, stated that the Board of Governors was of the firm belief that Dr. Donkor was the right person to take the Bank to the next level.