The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Edimon Ginting as its new country director for Bangladesh.
Ginting assumed office on Tuesday, succeeding Manmohan Parkash who recently joined ADB's South Asia Department as deputy director general, the bank said in a media statement.
As the new country director for Bangladesh, Ginting will lead ADB's operations in the country and policy dialogue with the government, development partners, and other stakeholders.
He will oversee the implementation of ADB's upcoming country partnership strategy for Bangladesh, 2021–2025, that focuses on rapid socio-economic 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.
"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 socio-economic development," said ADB Director General for South Asia Kenichi Yokoyama.
"The ADB team led by Ginting will further widen and deepen the strong Bangladesh–ADB partnership by managing the sovereign, private sector, and knowledge operations effectively," he added.
Meanwhile, regarding his new role, Ginting said, "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."
Prior to joining ADB in 2007, Ginting worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in the United States and as an advisor to the Budget Committee of the Indonesian Parliament.
He 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.