Mr. Nathan Belete has been named the new country director for Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe by the World Bank.
The post of country director was established as part of a Bank-wide reorganization that went into effect on October 1, 1972, according to the World Bank. The country director is in charge of carrying out sector and project work in one or more designated countries and reports to the regional vice president. They oversee the Bank’s interaction with member nations that borrow money, together with staff members including resident mission representatives.
Mr. Belete, the new director, will be based in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, where he will be in charge of managing a portfolio that totals roughly $12.5 billion in obligations for the four nations.
Mr. Nathan Belete is an Ethiopian national and a development professional with over 25 years of work experience across Africa, East Asia, and South Asia.
He headed the World Bank’s Food and Agriculture Global Practice in the East Asia and Pacific Region from 2014 to 2019, based in Vietnam, before taking on his current position as country director for Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, and Senegal.
Prior to the aforementioned position, he worked as the sector manager for the Sustainable Development Department of the World Bank in Indonesia.
“This support spans important areas of human capital, agriculture, infrastructure, private sector growth, climate, and gender, among others,” reads an excerpt from the press release announcing his new job.