Moving on up

CEDA CEO Thabo Thamane was last week elected the Chairperson of Association of African Development Finance Institution (AADFI) at a glitzy conference held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Botswana, as well as Eswatini and Uganda, had expressed interest in the position.

However, the Southern African allies agreed it would be in their best interest to field a single candidate, with Thamane getting the nod.

The vastly experienced official has been part of the association’s National Executive Committee for the past seven years, representing the southern region.

The Voice’s Portia Mlilo caught up with Thamane to discuss his exciting new role and how it might benefit Botswana.

Q. Congratulations on your new appointment chief.

A. Thanks, I really appreciate it.

Q. So, what exactly does AADFI do?

A. It started as a meeting for Directors of African Development Banks in 1968 where it was agreed that to strengthen their Development Financial Institutions (DFI) they should register the association.


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