Nigeria: World Bank Appoints Ndiamé Diop as New Country Director for Nigeria

World Bank Appoints Ndiamé Diop as New Country Director for Nigeria
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The World Bank has appointed Dr. Ndiamé Diop as the new Country Director for Nigeria, succeeding Shubham Chaudhuri. Dr. Diop officially assumed the position on July 8 and brings extensive global experience to his new role, having previously served as the Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

In his previous roles, Dr. Diop was instrumental in significantly increasing the World Bank’s financing to the Philippines, supporting critical economic reforms, and addressing disparities in sectors such as healthcare, education, and digital connectivity. In Malaysia, he led a large knowledge program aimed at elevating the country to high-income status. In Thailand, he successfully reinitiated World Bank investment lending after a two-decade hiatus.

Expressing his enthusiasm about his new role, Dr. Diop said, “I am most excited to be leading the World Bank’s program in Nigeria, especially at this critical time when Nigeria has a significant opportunity to make progress towards improving its economy and delivering development outcomes for its citizens.”

Dr. Diop emphasized the importance of strengthening the partnership with Nigeria at both federal and state levels. “Nigeria is a dynamic and vibrant country, significant for the entire sub-region. The World Bank Group is committed to working with the government, development partners, and citizens to realize a thriving economy where jobs and economic prospects are created, and millions of Nigerians are lifted out of poverty,” he added.

In his new capacity, Dr. Diop will lead the World Bank’s team in Nigeria, overseeing the delivery and implementation of both lending and non-lending support. His diverse experience includes leadership positions in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East, highlighting his expertise in fiscal policy, economic diversification, and development strategies.

The appointment of Dr. Diop comes at a crucial time for Nigeria, as the country seeks to tackle economic challenges and achieve sustainable growth. Under Dr. Diop’s leadership, the World Bank’s continued support aims to accelerate progress in critical areas and improve the quality of life for millions of Nigerians.

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