World Bank Announces Senegalese Makhtar Diop As New Vice President For Africa

The World Bank has on Wednesday announced the appointment of Senegalese Makhtar Diop as its new Vice President for Africa, to take over from Nigerian Obiagele Ezekwesili on May 6, 2012.

In a press statement, the Bank announced the appointment on January 17, 2012, and says he will take over from Nigerian Obiagele Ezekwesili who will return to Nigeria early May 2012. She served in that capacity for five years, it says.

While commending Ezekwesili for five years of important and successful service to the Bank and to Africa, the World Bank Group President, Robert B. Zoellick said, “Under Oby’s leadership, our Africa team employed innovation, knowledge, partnership and financial services to strengthen results across Africa and to improve the prospects for Africa’s economic performance.

“Her close attention to the needs of our clients, engagement with African leadership and with regional institutions, as well as with the UN and other partners, has helped us to leverage our effectiveness across Africa.

“Oby has done excellent work mobilizing private sector engagement and better connecting Africa’s development to that of other regions, particularly through South-South partnerships,” said Zoellick” he said.

According to the Bank, Diop served as the World Bank’s Country Director for Brazil since 2009.

Mr. Diop was a former Finance Minister in Senegal and Chair of the West African Monetary Union, WAEMU, Board of Finance Ministers.

He joined the World Bank in 2001 and has served in various senior positions, including as the World Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia, as well as Director of Strategy and Operations in the Bank’s Latin America and Caribbean region.

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