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World Bank makes new appointment in West Africa

Benjamin S. Taingay

( 7, 2015)-The World Bank has appointed a new Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone effective July 1, 2015.

Henry Kerali has, meanwhile, outlined three top priority areas of engagement, including working closely along with the three partner countries.

According to a World Bank release, issued by its Monrovia office, Kerali said his activities with the three partner countries will ensure the provision of innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges.

The release also quoted Mr. Kerali as saying: “My activities with the three partner countries will contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction with specific emphasis on post-Ebola recovery.”

He named his 2nd priority areas of engagement as managing the Accra office, leading and supporting staff and the country management team, and working closely along with internal and external partners to enhance results.

The new WHO Country Director noted that his third priority area of engagement is contributing to regional and corporate initiatives.

Mr Kerali, a Ugandan national, joined the Bank in 2003 in the Infrastructure and Energy Department in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region.

Before joining the Bank, he was a Professor at the University of Birmingham, England, specialized in the development of transport infrastructure.

He led the research of developed economic cost-benefit models for assessing infrastructure investments feasibility.

Prior to his new appointment, Kerali was the World Bank's Regional Director for the South Caucasus, based in Georgia, the United States.
He also worked in different regions of the world, including Latin America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, ECA, among others.

The new WHO Country Director has also served as Sector Manager of the Bank's transport program in the ECA Region.


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