Bangladeshi citizen appointed Director General of ADB's South Asia

15:53, January 14, 2010      

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S Hafeez Rahman, a Bangladeshi national, has been appointed director general of Asian Development Bank's South Asia Department, with responsibility for its operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

According to a press release of the Manila based multilateral funding agency Thursday, Rahman, who took up the appointment on 11th January, was formerly director general of the bank's Pacific Department where he was responsible for its work in 14 pacific member countries.

Prior to this, he spent two years as deputy director general of the South Asia department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and worked in the department for eight years.

Rahman has enjoyed a distinguished career at ADB since joining in 1992. He led the resumption of ADB operations in Vietnam in 1994, and Afghanistan in 2002-2003 and helped initiate assistance to Kazakhstan in 1995 in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

He was also country director in Nepal at the peak of the civil conflict from 2003-2006, and was deeply involved in ADB's stabilization and recovery assistance work to the countries hardest hit by the Asian financial crisis of 1997-99.

In 1999, Rahman received a performance award from ADB for his work in helping author ADB's Poverty Reduction Strategy. More recently, he was appointed to head ADB's Task Force during the food crisis of 2008, and is currently involved in another Task Force overseeing ADB's response to the Global Economic Crisis.

Prior to joining ADB, Rahman worked at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, a state-run think-tank, for 17 years, and has been a member of a number of government, national, regional and international expert panels and committees.

He is a well-known economist, with publications on many policy issues.

Source: Xinhua
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