World Bank Country Manager for Tunisia takes office | Tunisia News Gazette

World Bank Country Manager for Tunisia takes office

Antonius (Tony) Verheijen, World Bank Country Manager for Tunisia, took office on Monday, the bank said in a press release.

He succeeds this position to Mrs Eileen Murray, appointed advisor at the Centre for Mediterranean Integration in Marseille (France), after spending six years in Tunis.

Verheijen “will be responsible for continuing and reinforcing collaboration between the World Bank and Tunisia, including the co-ordination of programmes undertaken” by this institution “with a view to supporting the country in its efforts to become an open economy driven by a vibrant private sector and able to offer prospects to all Tunisians, especially women, young people and the inhabitants of interior regions,” the same source pointed out.

Tony Verheijen, who joined the WB in 2002, “has mainly focused on public sector management, civil service reform, governance, anti-corruption and economic management issues.”

It thus holds a profile that is in line with the demands of the economic situation in Tunisia, a country plagued by corruption and where growth is still struggling to recover, beset in particular by public sector charges.

The official worked before “on projects in South and East Asia, Central and Eastern Africa, Russia and Central Asia, as well as in Central and Eastern Europe.”

Prior to joining the World Bank, Verheijen worked as Chief Technical Adviser for the UN Development Programme Regional Office in Bratislavia, Slovakia, and held positions at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and he has contributed in particular to transformation processes in Central and Eastern European states in the context of their Union accession, serving as adviser to European Integration offices and EU accession negotiation teams.

Verheijen graduated from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, holds an MA in International Relations from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and a PhD from Leiden University.

Source: TAP News Agency

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