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AfDB Agrees to Return Headquarters to Abidjan, Ouattara Says

May 31, 2012

The governors’ committee of the African Development Bank agreed to reopen the bank’s headquarters in Ivory Coast, according to a statement on the website of the Ivorian presidency.

The bank’s president, Donald Kaberuka, told Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara that “nothing stands in the way of a return” to Abidjan, according to the statement on the website published yesterday. The AfDB will return in a few months, Ouattara said today at the bank’s annual meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.

The AfDB moved its staff to Tunisia following a 2002 uprising by exiled soldiers that split Ivory Coast between a government-held south and a rebel-controlled north.

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