ADB appoints Edimon Ginting as Bangladesh's new country director
Dhaka, October 5: Edimon Ginting has been appointed as the new country director for Bangladesh by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
He succeeded Manmohan Parkash on Tuesday.
Parkash, whose father fought in the 1971 Bangladesh's war of independence, recently joined ADB’s South Asia Department as deputy director general.
Ginting will handle ADB’s operations in Bangladesh and will also engage in policy dialogue with the government, development partners, and other players.
Speaking about the appointment, ADB Director General for South Asia, Kenichi Yokoyama, said, “Mr Ginting brings strong strategic leadership skills as ADB’s Country Director for Bangladesh in helping the country to reduce poverty and promote inclusive, sustainable, and climate resilient socioeconomic development.”
“The ADB team led by Mr Ginting will further widen and deepen the strong Bangladesh–ADB partnership by managing the sovereign, private sector, and knowledge operations effectively.
Ginting, who will oversee the implementation of ADB’s upcoming country partnership strategy for Bangladesh, said, "I look forward to working closely with the government and the people of Bangladesh to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, restore high economic growth, and achieve the country’s development goals, including becoming an upper middle-income country in 2031 and a developed nation in 2041.”
He said, “Inclusive, climate-resilient, and environment-friendly development will be pursued in close collaboration with the government and development partners to promote a more harmonious and sustainable growth process in the country.”
With a 22-year professional experience, Ginting has been with the ADB for 14 years.
Earlier, he was employed as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in the United States and has also worked as an advisor to the Budget Committee of the Indonesian Parliament.
Ginting began working with the ADB in 2007 as an economist.
Through the years, he has held a series of senior positions, including senior country economist and deputy country director at ADB’s Indonesia Resident Mission, and director for Economic Analysis and Operational Support Division at ADB headquarters.
Ginting has been working as the deputy director general for ADB’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department since 2018.
Ginting, an Indonesian citizen, holds a doctorate degree in economics from Monash University, Australia. He also holds a master’s degree in economics from Thammasat University, Thailand and a bachelor’s degree in economics and development studies from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.