Former Foreign Minister Ngafuan Announced as AfDB’s New Country Manager in Uganda

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The African Development Bank has named former foreign affairs minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, as its new country manager to Uganda.

Ngafuan, an economist, accountant, and diplomat, was announced to the position along with other new country managers for some member states of the regional bank, including Ghana, Mali, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, and the Central African Republic.

He takes on the new role after years of experience serving in key public leadership positions in Liberia, including as minister of finance as well as director of the Budget Bureau during the administration of former president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

While serving as finance minister, Ngafuan also represented Liberia before the International Monetary Fund, the African Development Bank, and the World Bank between 2008 and 2012. His predecessor at the Finance Ministry, Antoinette Sayeh, is currently the deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.

Ngafuan recently served on the Board of Directors of Ecobank Liberia Limited, and as interim head of the Project Complaint Mechanism at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

His experiences are backed by a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Economics from the University of Liberia.

Others appointed by the bank include an Ivorian, Mamady Souare, as country manager to the Central African Republic; Eyerusalem Fasika of Ethiopia as country manager to Ghana; Adam Amoumoun of Niger as country manager to Madagascar; Adalbert Nshimyumuremyi, a Rwandese national, to Mali; Tanzanian Halima Yussuf Hashi to Sierra Leone; and Wilfrid Paterne Abiola of France as the new country manager to Togo.

Featured photo courtesy of the International Monetary Fund

Gbatemah Senah

Senah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. Between 2017 and 2019, he won six excellent reporting awards from the Press Union of Liberia. They include a three-time Land Rights Reporter of the Year, one time Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Human Rights Reporter of the Year.

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