The World Bank monday announced Rachid Benmessaoud as the new Country Director.
He is also Coordinating Director for West Africa Regional Integration Programme.
Benmessaoud joined the World Bank in 1990 as an Energy Planner in the then Europe, Middle East and North Africa Vice-Presidency.
He takes over from Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly whose tenure ended in July 2015.
The new country director, a Moroccan national has held various positions in the Bank, including Lead Energy Specialist, Operations Advisor for India with his most recent assignment as Country Director for Pakistan.
Benmessaoud will lead the Country Programme and Team to continue to improve the impact of the World Bank’s portfolio in Nigeria and to support the Government’s development priorities including power, education, quality of public spending, trade and regional integration, the bank noted in a statement made available to THISDAY.
He has worked on energy, infrastructure, and municipal finance projects in North Africa, Central Europe and South Asia.
An electrical engineer, Benmessaoud has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the USA and a Doctorate-Engineering Degree from France.
His appointment as Country Director for Nigeria took effect from October 1, 2015.