News Tech: Auguste Tano Kouame was appointed as the World Bank’s India Director on Monday. He will succeed Junaid Kamal Ahmad, who recently completed his five-year tenure as head of India at the Washington-based multilateral financial institution. Auguste Tano Coamet, from Cote d’Ivoire, was Country Director for Turquier at the World Bank. He led the expansion of the World Bank’s country programs to deepen support for climate issues in the country, the World Bank said in a press release.
He said the World Bank stands ready to support India’s ambition to become an upper middle-income country and a global climate leader through its strategic programs and knowledge products. “As India takes over the G20 Presidency later this year, the World Bank looks forward to supporting India in this leadership role”. He joined the World Bank in 1996 as a young professional. Previously, he worked for the United Nations Development Programme, teaching applied economics in Côte d’Ivoire and France. The ENSAE-Paris Applied Economics graduate and his EHESS-Paris Ph.D. in Economics also participated in Harvard’s Economic Management program, according to a press release.
From January 2017 to April 2019, he led the operations of the World Bank Group’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) Human Development and Economic Management Office and served as Director. “The World Bank has been supporting India’s development achievements for over 75 years. At this critical time as the country recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and builds a more resilient future, this fruitful We look forward to continuing our partnership,” said Auguste Tano Coamet.