Lomé, 13th September 2022. The West African Development Bank (BOAD) takes due note that Vice-President Moustapha Ben Barka has recovered full freedom of movement, after being detained on 12th September 2022 at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in France.

Indeed, Vice-President Ben Barka was flying through Paris to Seoul in South Korea, to represent BOAD in meetings with the Green Climate Fund, when he was arrested and detained by the French judicial authorities. After investigations, he was released from all restraints and allowed to continue his trip.

Vice-President Ben Barka will return to Lomé in the coming days.

Done in Lomé, 13th September 2022

Serge A.P. Bouah

Director, Communication and Public Relations Department

About the West African Development Bank

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) is the common development finance institution of the member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). It is an international public institution whose purpose, as provided under Article 2 of its Articles of Association, is to promote the balanced development of its member countries and foster economic integration within West Africa, by financing priority development projects. It is accredited to the three climate finance facilities (GEF, AF, GCF). Since 2009, BOAD sits as an observer at the UNFCCC and actively participates in discussions on the construction of an international architecture for climate finance. Moreso, since January 2013, it has been home for the first Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which is meant to provide direct support to governments, NGOs and the private sector in the identification and development of CDM projects.

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