AfDB awards 2018 Babacar Ndiaye Trophy to Kenyan President Kenyatta

Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The Babacar Ndiaye Trophy for the year 2018 has gone to the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, for "his distinguished leadership qualities and for the transformation of the road network in his country".

The award was presented on Wednesday on the sidelines of the AfDB's Annual Meetings for the first time since the death of Babacar Ndiaye in July 2017.

A short video depicting the life of Babacar Ndiaye, 5th President of the African Development Bank (1985-1995), was projected shortly before AfDB President, Akinwunmi Adesina, handed the honor to Jackson Kinyanjui, Kenyan Treasury Director and Representative of President Kenyatta.

According to the jury, the award was also given to the Kenyan head of state for his efforts to "develop the railways and simplify air transport" as well as the progress made by Kenya in public lighting.

In the presence of Djibril Ndiaye, son of the deceased and representative of his family, the ceremony began with a roundtable moderated by Carols Lopès, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA) on the theme "Transport and the industrial transformation of Africa ".

Launched in 2016, the Babacar Ndiaye Award (Grand Prix Baccisseur-Trophée) recognizes the best road and transportation initiatives in Africa. It rewards a head of state whose country the policy on roads and transport is considered exemplary.

The honorary award was co-awarded for its first edition to King Mohamed VI, former Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn, Gabonese President Omar Bongo, Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara.

Rwandan presidents Paul Kagame and Senegalese Macky Sall were the co-winners of the 2017 edition.
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