The World Bank has appointed a new country manager for Uganda. According to the press release, Ms Christina Malmberg Calvo is to replace Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye. Ms. Malmberg’s appointment took effect on May 1, 2015.
Ms. Malmberg Calvo, a Swedish national, joined the World Bank in 1992 and she has held various positions in the World Bank, including Country Manager in Dominican Republic and, most recently, Manager of the poverty global practice in the Middle East and North Africa and South Asia regions. She has worked extensively on infrastructure and sustainable development in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
“The World Bank Group has a strong partnership with the government of Uganda that dates back to 1963. I will build on my predecessors’ work and bring the very best of the World Bank Group to Uganda. It will be an honor to serve the country and I look forward to a most productive collaboration with the Ugandan authorities, the private sector and civil society more broadly,” the statement quotes Ms Malmberg.
As Country Manager for Uganda, Ms. Malmberg will lead the Bank’s day-to-day dialogue with the government of Uganda and key stakeholders, and continue to strengthen the relationship between the bank and the country. She will furthermore oversee the implementation of the World Bank overall program in support of Uganda’s development priorities.
Currently, the Bank’s financial support to Uganda is at a record high with a portfolio commitment of US$ 2.5billion in credits from the International Development Association. The Bank’s program also includes analytical services and research to advise the government on policy and strategy direction, technical assistance, and capacity development, as well as convening services for knowledge exchange and learning.