The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11 has commended the Board and Management of the Agricultural Development Bank PLC (ADB) for refocusing on its core mandate of agricultural financing.
According to him , ADB which was purposefully established to lend and support the growth of the agricultural sector had for some years redirected its focus to other areas aside its core mandate.
The Asantehene made these remarks during a courtesy call by the board and management of the bank at the Manyhia Palace on Friday.
The Asantehene said though the Bank was now focusing on agricultural sector, the establishment of the Development Bank Of Ghana (DBG) should help ADB do more for the sector.
According to the Asantehene, he was hopeful the DBG will be able to give ADB funds at lower interest rates for ADB to give to farmers.
“Agriculture remains the backbone of our economy and the DBG should be able to give loans at lower interest rates to ADB for our farmers to easily access” he said.
The Asantehene said most of the current government initiatives like 1D1F, Planting for Food and Jobs etc were all about Agricultural Development, hence the need for all to empower ADB to continue doing more for the sector.
“I have watched the bank in recent years and all the support its lending to government and the private sector for the growth of the agricultural sector, but I know you are limited by funds so I will be an advocate at all forums for more funds to be given to you for the growth of the agricultural sector”, he added.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors at ADB, Lawyer Alex Bernasko said ADB has since 2017 refocused its strategic direction to its main mandate of agricultural financing.
He said the bank has been a key partner to all government initiatives especially in the area of agribusiness.
Lawyer Bernasko said the current board and management has succeeded in moving the bank from loss making to profit making and was optimistic the trajectory will continue.
“We are working to make sure ADB becomes one of the topmost banks in the country within the next few years,” he said.
According to Lawyer Bernasko the Bank was complying with all Bank of Ghana directives on corporate governance and this had positively contributed to the success story of the bank.
Other members of the team included the Managing Director, Dr. John Kofi Mensah, Mary Abla Kessie, Abena Osei- Asare, Kwabena Abankwah-Yeboah, Godwyll Ansah, Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu-Tali (DMD) and Mr. Leon Bannerman-Williams and staff from the Ashanti Area Office of the Bank.