Jehan Arulpragasam is New Director of World Bank in Croatia

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Ana Blaskovic writes, the new World Bank in Croatia director, who is also taking the same position for neighbouring Slovenia, will head the Zagreb Office and oversee the strategic, analytical, operational and advisory programme of the World Bank in Croatia and Slovenia.

Jehan Arulpragasam otherwise holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the prestigious Cornell University and then a master’s and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, USA.

He comes to Croatia with 35 years of vast experience in the field of international development in more than 40 countries under his belt, with more than 10 years of experience in managing the World Bank’s large credit and analytical programmes.

“In his work, he is focused on inclusive growth and human development, which covers a wide range of topics ranging from macroeconomic and fiscal policies to structural sectoral reforms and social policy,” the statement on his arrival in Croatia said.

After the Republic of Croatia was classified as a high-income European Union country according to the World Bank criteria (which might shock a few), the institution’s strategy and approach changed somewhat.

The current programme of the World Bank in Croatia is primarily focused on mitigating the economic and social consequences of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, post-earthquake reconstruction for the City of Zagreb, Zagreb County and Sisak-Moslavina County, transport, justice, innovation, business environment, the land registry system, science and technology and the economic development of the often overlooked Pannonian Croatia.

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