05 Oct 2021, 15:17

ADB appoints Edimon Ginting as country director for Bangladesh 

  DHAKA, Oct 5, 2021 (BSS) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed 
Edimon Ginting as its new Country Director for Bangladesh.

  Ginting assumed office today. He succeeds Manmohan Parkash who recently 
joined ADB's South Asia Department as Deputy Director General.

  Ginting will lead ADB's operations in Bangladesh and policy dialogue with 
the government, development partners, and other stakeholders, said an ADB 
press release.

  He will oversee the implementation of ADB's upcoming country partnership 
strategy for Bangladesh, 2021-2025, which focuses on a rapid socioeconomic 
recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting competitiveness by improving 
infrastructure for private sector-led development, promoting green growth and 
climate resilience, and strengthening human capital and social protection, 
among others.

  "Mr. Ginting brings strong strategic leadership skills as ADB's Country 
Director for Bangladesh in helping the country to reduce poverty and promote 
inclusive, sustainable, and climate resilient socioeconomic development," 
said ADB Director General for South Asia Kenichi Yokoyama. 

  "The ADB team led by Mr. Ginting will further widen and deepen the strong 
Bangladesh-ADB partnership by managing the sovereign, private sector, and 
knowledge operations effectively."added Kenichi.

  "I look forward to working closely with the government and the people of 
Bangladesh to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, restore high economic growth, 
and achieve the country's development goals, including becoming an upper 
middle-income country in 2031 and a developed nation in 2041," Ginting said. 

  "Inclusive, climate-resilient, and environment-friendly development will be 
pursued in close collaboration with the government and development partners 
to promote a more harmonious and sustainable growth process in the 
country."he added.

  Ginting has 22 years of professional experience, including about 14 years 
in ADB. Prior to joining ADB, he worked as Economist at the International 
Monetary Fund in the United States and as an Advisor to the Budget Committee 
of the Indonesian Parliament. 

  He joined ADB in 2007 as an Economist and held a series of senior 
positions, including Senior Country Economist and Deputy Country Director at 
ADB's Indonesia Resident Mission, and Director for Economic Analysis and 
Operational Support Division at ADB headquarters. 

  Ginting has been working as the Deputy Director General for ADB's Economic 
Research and Regional Cooperation Department since 2018.

  Ginting, a national of Indonesia, holds a doctorate degree in economics 
from Monash University, Australia. He also holds a master's degree in 
economics from Thammasat University, Thailand and a bachelor's degree in 
economics and development studies from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.

  Since joining ADB in 1973, Bangladesh received over $45 billion in loans 
and grants, including cofinancing. 

  ADB's priority areas for support in Bangladesh include energy, transport, 
urban infrastructure and water supply and sanitation, education, agriculture 
and natural resources, and finance sectors. As of October 2021, ADB's 
Bangladesh portfolio includes 52 projects worth around $12.7 billion.

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