The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced its return to Ethiopia on January 19, 2024, following a one-month withdrawal prompted by assaults on its staff by Ethiopian security forces.
AfDB stated that it received formal apology from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). The apology, along with assurances of safety and security, led to the bank’s decision to resume normal operations in the country.
In a meeting between AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the latter issued a formal apology to AfDB and assured the bank and its staff of their safety and security. The bank further emphasized that it had received a commitment from the Ethiopian government to collaborate on investigations related to missing funds.
The withdrawal of all international staff from Ethiopia in December 2023 came after two AfDB staff members based in Addis Ababa were unlawfully arrested, physically assaulted, and detained by government security forces on October 31, 2023.