KATHMANDU, July 6: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Arnaud Cauchois as new Country Director for Nepal.
As the country director, Cauchois will lead ADB operations in the country and policy dialogue with the government of Nepal and other development partners. He will oversee the implementation of ADB’s country partnership strategy for Nepal that focuses on the country’s long-term development needs through improved infrastructure for private sector-led growth, improved access to devolved services, and environmental sustainability and resilience.
Cauchois, a French national, joined ADB in 2005 as a Rural Development Specialist. Prior to this appointment, he served as Principal Water Resources Specialist for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and was out posted in ADB’s India Resident Mission. He has also served as ADB’s Nepal Resident Mission for six years and led the improvement of the water management systems in Nepal.
“My immediate priority will be to support the Government of Nepal as it addresses both the immediate and longer-term health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 crisis,” reads a ADB issued press release quoting its newly appointed country director.