WB new country director starts tomorrow

Qimiao Fan would start working tomorrow as the World Bank’s new country director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

In his first visit to Bangladesh tomorrow, Fan will accompany Annette Dixon, World Bank South Asia Vice President, who will introduce Fan to the government, said a WB press release today, reports BSS.

wbDuring her visit, Dixon along with Fan will also meet the Finance Minister and other senior government officials.

Fan brings a wide range of development experience to the job. A Chinese national, Fan joined the World Bank in 1991 and has held leadership positions in different countries and regions of the world.

Prior to taking his current assignment, Fan served as the Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.From 1998 to 2002, he took leave from the World Bank to work in the private sector in various senior executive positions in China.

After returning to the World Bank, Fan worked as a Program Leader for the Investment Climate Program in the World Bank Institute and later as Country Manager for Cambodia. “Bangladesh has made significant gains in development in recent years and I am looking forward to working closely with the government and people of the country in realizing their goal of achieving middle-income status by 2021,” said Fan.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Fan worked as a researcher in development and transition economics at the London School of Economics and as a policy researcher at Jiangxi Institute of Finance and Economics in China.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Birmingham, England. He has wide range of publications on topics related to investment climate and problems of economies in transition.