Unpacking AfDB’s integration strategy for West Africa

In a bid to boost economic integration in West Africa, the African Development Bank recently approved $70 million for the Ebonyi ring road project. Ebrima Faal, Senior Director for Nigeria at AfDB joined CNBC Africa’s Esther Awoniyi to discuss this and more.

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