World Bank appoints new country director for Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

AKIPRESS.COM – The World Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Ozan Sevimli as the new Country Director of the World Bank for Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, effective August 2, 2021. He will succeed Jan-Peter Olters who held this position. position since April 2017.

Ozan Sevimli has worked for the World Bank in several positions since 2005 in Europe and Central Asia, Africa and the Latin American and Caribbean regions. Most recently, between 2019 and 2021, he was the World Bank’s Resident Representative for Jamaica and Guyana, overseeing a portfolio of approximately $ 500 million.

Prior to this assignment, from 2016 to 2019, Mr. Sevimli was the Program Coordinator for the South Caucasus Unit of the World Bank based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Prior to that, he was Senior Strategy and Operations Manager in the Office of the Vice President for Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank, based at headquarters in Washington, DC. In this role, he supported the Vice President and Director of Strategy in the development and implementation of the regional strategy and portfolio, as well as corporate priorities.

Between 2005 and 2012, Mr. Sevimli worked in the Operational Policy and Country Services Departments of the World Bank, as well as in the Africa Regional Department as a Labor Economist. Before joining the World Bank, he was a labor market specialist at the German Employment Agency. Mr. Sevimli holds an MBA from the University of Texas (USA) and an MA in Labor Economics from Mannheim University of Applied Sciences (Germany).

“I am delighted to begin my assignment as Country Manager for Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and look forward to continuing our close collaboration with our government counterparts, development partners, civil society and citizens of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. “Said Ozan Sevimli. “A top priority for me over the coming months will be ensuring that the World Bank continues to provide the best possible support to these two countries as they recover from the pandemic and efforts to restore their economies, to protect human lives and strengthen health care. systems.

Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, World Bank support to Tajikistan to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the poorest households has totaled $ 32.5 million, of which $ 8.63 million dollars for the vaccination of priority population groups against COVID-19. In Turkmenistan, the World Bank recently approved a $ 20 million loan to support the country’s efforts to strengthen the health system and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

Over the past four years, the World Bank’s financial and analytical support to Tajikistan has tripled from $ 366 million in fiscal 2017 to over $ 1.2 billion in fiscal year 2017. Fiscal year 2021, almost entirely funded by grants, demonstrating a firm commitment to support Tajikistan’s transition to a new growth model driven by investment and exports in accordance with the National Development Strategy until 2030. The program of World Bank countries in Tajikistan currently includes 24 projects with a net commitment of $ 1.2 billion, including 19 national projects and five regional projects focusing on the energy sector and fiscal reforms, improving transport connectivity and trade, investment in education, early childhood development, disaster risk management, water supply and sanitation. nt, agriculture and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Turkmenistan, the primary focus of the World Bank remains to support global knowledge transfer and the provision of advisory services and other technical assistance, primarily through the Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) program.

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