The World Bank has appointed Mr Shubham Chaudhuri as the new Country Director for Nigeria, succeeding Mr Rachid Benmessaoud who completed his term recently.
In a statement issued by the World Bank’s Senior Communications Officer, Nigeria, said Chaudhuri assumed office in Abuja on Tuesday the 1st of October 2019.
Chaudhuri, a U.S. national who grew up in India, joined the World Bank in 2004 and has held several leadership positions at the Bank, with his most recent position being Country Director for Afghanistan.
The new Director said it was an honor to be in Nigeria and have the opportunity to help government partners, at the Federal and state levels. He said the bank was helping transform the economy, catalysing private investment and job creation, investing in Nigeria’s children and creating opportunities for Nigeria’s youth and women.
He stated “the World Bank Group has a long-standing partnership with Nigeria and I look forward to deepening our engagement with government partners, with Nigeria’s very vibrant civil society and private sector and with international development partners to help lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.”
According to the statement, Chaudhuri has been Practice Manager in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice for the South Asia Region and has also held the position of Manager of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department for East Asia and the Pacific and Lead Economist for Indonesia.
Before joining the Bank, Chaudhuri spent a decade as an Economics professor and Director of the Programme in Economic and Political Development at Columbia University in New York. Chaudhuri obtained his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in economics.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria