Shubham Chaudhuri has been appointed by the World Bank as the new Country Director for Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the World Bank’s Senior Communications Officer, Nigeria.
Chaudhuri who assumed office on Tuesday succeeds Rachid Benmessaoud who had recently completed his term, the statement noted.
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.
On his part, Chaudhuri said it was an honour to be in Nigeria and have the opportunity to help government partners, at the Federal and state levels, realize Nigeria’s full and considerable potential.
“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.”
The World Bank stated that in his new position, Chaudhuri’s top priorities would be to lead the strategic dialogue with government, development partners, and other key stakeholders.
He would also develop and implement the new country partnership framework, and provide customized solutions and policy advice to Nigeria, the bank said.
“Prior to this, Chaudhuri was practice manager in the macroeconomics and fiscal management global practice for the South Asia Region,” the statement read in part.
It added that he 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.