Kigali, 17 October 2012

President Kagame today received the newly appointed representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and the Department for International Development (DfID).

Mitra Farahbaksh who is the new IMF Resident Representative to Rwanda was previously serving the IMF in Mali, before which she served as senior Analyst within the IMF Headquarters’ Africa Region Department in Washington.

Carolyn Turk, who is the new World Bank representative in Rwanda, joined the World Bank in 1998 as a Consultant in the Rural Development and Natural Resource Management unit in the East Asia and Pacific Region. She has since held various positions, her most recent assignment being Lead Social Development Specialist in Vietnam. She also worked for DFID in Vietnam. Turk is a poverty economist by profession and has led several economic analytical works on Vietnam as a country graduating from low income to middle income status.

The new DFID head, Mike Hammond was formerly the Head of DFID in Zambia. Prior to his post in Zambia, he also served as head of DFID in Uganda and Ghana. Hammond also has vast experience in program evaluation.

The three representatives emphasized their commitment to work with Rwanda to sustain its rapid development by supporting government efforts in various fields.

see pictures: