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Adesina says ‘No country moves forward leaving talents on the sidelines’ - ITREALMS

“No country can possibly move forward in the 21st century if it leaves half of its talent on the sidelines,” says the President, African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina at the launch of FinDev Canada, in Montreal, while making the Bank’s case for supporting women, reports ITREALMS.

FinDev, ITREALMS gathered was launched six months ago with mandate to support the growth and sustainability of businesses in developing markets.

Also, FinDev Canada is a subsidiary of Export Development Canada (EDC), the country’s export credit agency.

According to Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, “With its universities, international organizations and multicultural population, Montreal is the ideal home for FinDev Canada.  From its Montreal base I am confident it will play a critical role in advancing our country’s international development agenda by offering a blend of public and private capital and building partnerships with businesses in developing countries, especially those operated by women and youth.”

Adesina gave the keynote address at the inaugural conference, urged participants to support women instinctively.

“Many of us have come from places – and have family in places – where the labor of women is absolutely essential to holding communities together. And yet so often, their labor is not even fully recognized. And all too often, women are denied their fair share of wages for equal work,” he said.

According to Adesina, the challenge was not just in Africa or even in North America. “In every society, this challenge represents a truly foolish squandering of resources.”

Nenye Dom/GEE

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