World Bank Establishes Permanent Office in Tajikistan

The World Bank has opened a permanent representative office in Tajikistan this month. ASIA-Plus reports that Ozan Sevimli, who had been the bank’s country manager for Tajikistan since 2021, has been appointed the head of the office.

In Tajikistan the World Bank Group works to ensure reliable electricity and water supply, improve roads and transportation infrastructure, improve education and health care systems, increase food security, and create conditions for private sector growth and institutions of good governance and public administration.

As part of his role, Sevimli will manage programs in Tajikistan being run by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency in Tajikistan. This will provide a single point of contact for access to the full range of World Bank Group products and services.

Upon his appointment, Sevimli commented: “Tajikistan faces challenges ranging from institutional challenges and constraints in human capital development to the negative impact of climate change on the economy and people’s livelihoods. The combined leadership of the WB Group will enable a more holistic approach to projects.”