04/05/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/05/2021 10:59
PORT AU PRINCE, April 1, 2021 - Laurent Msellati, a French national, has been appointed as the World Bank's new Country Manager for Haiti, effective April 1, 2021. He will be based in Port au Prince.
In this new role, Mr. Msellati's top priorities will be to lead the World Bank's engagement with the Government of Haiti, work closely with key development partners and stakeholders, manage the country program and team, and support staff in the Haiti Country Office.
'Haiti has experienced several challenging years, and the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been severe. I look forward to continuing our work to support the Haitian people, focused on inclusive growth, and building resilience. I will work closely with stakeholders across Haitian society to support the country's development priorities, and provide support for the most vulnerable,' said Laurent Msellati.
Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Mr. Msellati has held several positions in the Africa, Middle East and North Africa, East Asia and Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean regions. He recently served as World Bank Country Manager for Mauritania and has also been Practice Manager of the Agriculture Global Practice in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Mr. Msellati holds a Master's in Business Administration in Finance and Economics from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy), and a Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes (France).
Mr. Msellati will lead the implementation of the World Bank's program in Haiti, which includes an active portfolio of 20 projects worth about US$915 million, financed by the International Development Association and trust funds. Project areas include transport, energy, agriculture and food security, health, education, water supply and sanitation, finance, governance, macroeconomics, social protection and jobs, and digital development.
For more information, please visit: www.worldbank.org/haiti