Arnaud Cauchois has been named as the new Country Director for Nepal by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Mr. Cauchois will manage ADB operations in Nepal and policy engagement with the Nepalese government and other development partners in his new role as country director.
He will be in charge of implementing the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) country partnership strategy for Nepal, which focuses on the country’s long-term development needs, including improved infrastructure for private sector-led growth, improved access to devolved services, and environmental sustainability and resilience.
“The Asian Development Bank has been a long-time development partner of Nepal. Mr. Cauchois stated, “I am looking forward to expanding on our excellent collaboration and working closely with the government, development partners, and other stakeholders to promote Nepal’s development agenda and poverty reduction initiatives.” “My first objective will be to assist the Government of Nepal in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis’s immediate and long-term health, economic, and social consequences.”
Mr. Cauchois stated that in the medium run, it is necessary to assist the government in the creation of integrated solutions by integrating knowledge from other sectors and merging public and private sector finance. Green resilient and inclusive initiatives and the expansion of personal sector activities will be undertaken in close coordination with the government and development partners.
Mr. Cauchois has almost three decades of expertise, including over 15 years with ADB. Mr. Cauchois, a French native, began his career with the ADB in 2005 as a Rural Development Specialist and subsequently held many senior posts. Before this, he worked as a Principal Water Resources Specialist for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, and was based in the Asian Development Bank’s India Resident Mission. For six years, he was also assigned to the ADB’s Nepal Resident Mission, where he oversaw the upgrading of Nepal’s water management systems.
Before joining ADB, he worked for the European Commission in Afghanistan as a Rural Development Advisor and has significant expertise in conducting policy engagement with governments on many development elements.
He graduated from Montpellier’s Superior School of Tropical Agronomy with a master’s degree in water resource management.
Since its founding in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has supplied Nepal with approximately $7 billion in financial and technical support. Energy, transportation, water supply and urban infrastructure services, agriculture and irrigation, and education all received support.
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