ISLAMABAD: World Bank will continue to support Pakistan in transforming the energy sector and supporting the private sector-led growth.

This was stated by World Bank’s new country director for Pakistan soon after the assumption of his new assignment.

The World Bank will also continue to support the under-served, neglected and poor; and improved service delivery. It will also help enhance opportunities for women and youth, advance regional integration efforts and address climate resilience and environmental sustainability, Mr Patchamuthu Illangovan (Illango) said in a statement.

WB’s new country head said: “We have a long-standing partnership that has benefited millions of people over generations. Together with my team, I look forward to deepening our engagement with government, local institutions, civil society, private sector, development partners, and other stakeholders to further boost shared prosperity and reduce poverty in the country.”

Mr Illango succeeds Rachid Benmessaoud, who completed his term on Sept 30. Prior to joining the World Bank, Illango worked in the public and private sectors in Sri Lanka. Illangovan carries with him over three decades of international development experience. He joined the World Bank in 1993 and served at many positions, including leadership roles in Europe, Central Asia, East Asia and Pacific, and South Asia regions of the Bank.

He has also held managerial responsibilities in the Bank’s country offices in Bangkok, Vientiane and Kabul.

He has extensive experience in overseeing the implementation of portfolios in challenging country environments.

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