Newly elected ADB country director for Nepal, Mukhtor Khamudkhanov
KATHMANDU, Nov 24: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Mukhtor Khamudkhanov as its new country director for Nepal.
Issuing a statement on Thursday, the ADB said that the newly-appointed country director Khamudkhanov will lead ADB operations in Nepal and oversee the formulation and implementation of ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy.
Khamudkhanov repl-aces the outgoing Country Director Kenichi Yokoyama, who served in Nepal from 2011 and is now country director at ADB’s India Resident Mission.
“ADB has an extended development partnership with Nepal,” the statement quoted Khamudkhanov as saying. “My priority is to build on that partnership, work closely with the government, and effectively coordinate our country office’s extensive support to the government’s development agenda and poverty reduction efforts.” According to the statement, Khamudkhanov, an Uzbek national, joined ADB in 2001 and has since held numerous leading positions.
Prior to this appointment, he served as the principal energy specialist in the Energy Division for South Asia at ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines. From 2007 to 2011, Khamudkhanov was senior energy specialist and prior to that he held the position of senior policy and planning specialist in the Strategy and Policy Department. He has also served as the deputy director and chief expert in the Division for Cooperation with International Financial and Economic Institutions in the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan.