World Bank Vice President Martin Raiser arrives Saturday


World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region Martin Raiser is expected to arrive in Dhaka on Saturday to discuss with the government important reforms that can help the country stay on a path of resilient growth and inclusive

“I am happy to be back in Bangladesh and to continue to discuss with the government important reforms that can help the country stay on the path of resilient and inclusive growth and create opportunities for the people,” he said. said Raiser.

He will be accompanied by the new country director for Bangladesh and Bhutan, Abdoulaye Seck, the global lending agency said on Friday.

During his three-day visit, Raiser will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, as well as other senior government officials.

He will introduce Seck, who will assume the post of World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan on January 1, 2023.

They will also visit a project supported by the World Bank.

“Bangladesh has an impressive track record in many aspects of development, including poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and disaster risk preparedness, and gender parity in school enrolment, to name a few. name a few,” Seck said.

“I look forward to working closely with the government and people of Bangladesh as the country strives to achieve the goal of achieving upper-middle-income country status by 2031.”

A Senegalese national, Seck joined the World Bank in 1995 as an economist and has since held senior management positions in various countries.

Prior to accepting this assignment, Seck served as Country Director for Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Republic of Congo.

He has also served as World Bank country director for Afghanistan, Myanmar and Moldova.

The World Bank was among the first development partners to support Bangladesh after its independence.

Since then, the World Bank has committed more than $37 billion in grants, interest-free and concessional credits to the country. Bangladesh currently has the largest ongoing International Development Association (IDA) program totaling over $15.7 billion in 55 active projects.


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