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World Bank Appoints New Uzbekistan Country Manager

13 December 2010
World Bank Appoints New Uzbekistan Country Managerfrom Central Asia Newswire

The World Bank has replaced the head of its office in Uzbekistan as the institution continues to help the Tashkent government diversify its economy and expand regional coordination on natural resources.

The international lender's office in Tashkent announced that Takuya Kamata replaced Loup Brefort as the new Country Manager to Uzbekistan in mid-November, the UzReport.com news agency reported.

The financial institution is currently assisting the government to improve access to basic education and healthcare, to support private sector farmers and upgrade irrigation infrastructure, to revitalize municipal services and provide safe drinking water to more people, and to invest in climate change and energy projects.

Kamata has held a number of posts with the World Bank in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific since he joined the organization in 1990.

As an expert of infrastructure, Kamata has applied his abilities to country strategy formulation and coordination, policy dialogue and peer review, quality assurance, water supply lending, and to economic activity in the urban and environmental spheres.

After graduating from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business and Japan's Waseda University, Kamata worked for McKinsey and Company management consulting firm and the Bank of Tokyo.

The World Bank has provided Uzbekistan with around $860 million in loans and credits since the former Soviet nation joined the organization in 1992.

This article originally appears at CentralAsia Newswire here.