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The Office of the Executive Director (EDS24) represents 9 European and Central Asia countries at the Board of the World Bank Group (WBG). These countries are: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Constituency Map

The Executive Director contributes to the institution's governance, and represents his constituency’s member countries at the World Bank Group. With his peers, he particpates in the design of strategies, the endorsement of the annual budget as well as the approval of lending, grants, direct investments, guarantees and technical assistance. As part of his mission of promoting the interests of his constituency’s member countries, the Executive Director works closely with his colleagues to: (i) influence the WBG policies for recipient countries; (ii) assist his constituency’s member countries in identifying and seizing opportunities offered by the WBG; and (iii) advocate support for the implementation of initiatives, programs and projects supported by the WBG in member countries.

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Agreement December 04, 2017
Memorandum of Understanding between Switzerland, Nigeria and the World Bank

On December 4th, 2017, in the margin of the Global Forum on Asset Recovery taking place in Washington DC the Swiss Federal Council, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the World Bank have signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the return, monitoring and management of illegally-acquired assets confiscated by Switzerland and to be restituted to the Republic of Nigeria.

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Agreement 12/14/17
Switzerland Signed Three Areements with the World Bank Group

Photo: Federal Council Johann Schneider-Ammann and Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development during the signing ceremony of the World Bank’s City Resilience Program, 14 October 2017, in Washington D.C.

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Werner Gruber

ALTERNATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Paulina Gomulak

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History of the Membership of the Constituency of EDS24

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EDS24 IBRD Statement of Loans

EDS24 IDA Statement of Credits and Grants

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Office of he Executive Director - EDS24
1818 H Street, N.W. Mail Stop MC 13-1311
Washington, DC 20433 USA
Tel : +1 202-458-7050
Fax: +1 202-477-9110
eds24@worldbank.org
worldbank.org/eds24

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In Depth

On November 2, 1992 seven countries joined the Office of the Executive Director representing Switzerland, and formed an 8-member constituency: Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The size of the constituency increased with Kazakhstan joining on November 1, 2010.

Our constituency is composed of a heterogeneous group of medium and small economies at different stages of development. All of them have a strong interest in the promotion of global economic governance, based on a solid multilateral framework that balances the interests of all members of the international community.

The interaction and cooperation of our member countries with the World Bank Group have expanded significantly.

Our mission is to continue providing the World Bank Group – IBRD, IDA, IFC and MIGA – with substantial financial resources while supporting the institution’s efforts to provide to the Group specialists of high technical and personal standards who are conscious of the critical role of professional staff in ensuring communication and exchange of experiences between the countries of our constituency, the World Bank Group and other potentially interested countries. It is ultimately through the personalities in charge of the constituency – the Governors, the Executive Director, the Alternate Executive Director, and Senior Advisors and Advisors – that the constituency has acquired credibility and can play a role in shaping the future of the organization.

EDS24 prepares the reports for the Governors of the constituency: including Board summary and statements, and the Activity Reports for the Spring and Annual Meetings.

Mr. Werner Gruber(Switzerland) assumed his official duties as Executive Director on November 1, 2016 ; Ms. Paulina Gomulak (Poland) assumed her duties as Alternate Executive Director on September 1, 2016.

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016

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Werner Gruber

ALTERNATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Paulina Gomulak


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    Cyril Gabriel Teiva Prissette

    Senior Advisor to the Executive Director
    Nationality: Switzerland. Responsibilities: Committees: : Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE); Global Practice (GP): Agriculture; Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience, Cross-Cutting Solution Area: Fragility, Conflict & Violence Strategic Themes: Migration; Regions: West & Central Africa; Switzerland. Email: cprissette@worldbank.org
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    Anton Hilber

    Senior Advisor to Executive Director
    Nationality: Switzerland. Responsibilities: Global Practice Environment and Natural Resources. Crosscutting: Climate Change, Safeguards, Shareholding. Regions: Latin America and Caribbean, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan
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    Albert Krysztof Kucharski

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    Nationality: Poland. Responsibilities: Committee: Human Resources (HRC); Global Practice (GP): Transport and ICT; CCSA: Public Private Partnership (PPP); Regions: Middle East and North America and Poland. Email: akucharski@worldbank.org
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    Vlajko Senic

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    Nationality: Serbia. Responsibilities: Institution: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); Committee: Audit Committee (AC); Global Practice (GP): Poverty; Regions: South Eastern Europe and Serbia. Email: vsenic@worldbank.org
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    Ainur Yertlessova

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    Nationality: Kazakhstan. Responsibilities: Global Practice (GP): Education, Health, Nutrition and Population and Social Protection and Labor; Cross-Cutting Solution Area: Gender and Jobs; Regions: Kazakhstan. Email: ayertlessova@worldbank.org
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    Nurgeldi Meredov

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    Nationality: Turkmenistan. Responsibilities: Global Practice (GP): Energy and Extractives; Regions: Turkmenistan. Email: nmeredov@worldbank.org
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    Ilhomjon Rajabov

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    Nationality: Tajikistan. Responsibilities: Global Practice (GP): Water; Regions: South Asia and Tajikistan. Email: irajabov@worldbank.org
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    Laurent Widmer

    Advisor to Executive Director
    Nationality: Switzerland. Responsibilities: IFC. Committees: Committee on Governance and Executive Directors' Administrative Matters (COGAM). Global Practice (GP): Trade & Competitiveness; Macro-Fiscal Management, Governance/Procurement/PFM; Urban. Strategic Themes: Trust Funds. Regions: East & Southern Africa; Switzerland. Email: lwidmer@worldbank.org
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    Barbara Clarke-Bader

    Senior Executive Assistant
    Email: bclarkebader@worldbank.org
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    Maria Caroline A. Hazard

    Program Assistant
    Email: chazard@worldbank.org
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Werner Gruber

ALTERNATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Paulina Gomulak


EDS24_map Poland Serbia Switzerland Azerbaijan Kazakhstan Kyrgyz Republic Uzbekistan Turkmensitan Tajikistan

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Werner Gruber

ALTERNATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Paulina Gomulak


Allocation of Votes by Organization

Member countries are allocated votes at the time of membership and subsequently for additional subscriptions to capital.  Votes are allocated differently in each organization.

IBRD: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of the Bank's capital stock held by the member) plus basic votes (calculated so that the sum of all basic votes is equal to 5.55 percent of the sum of basic votes and share votes for all members).

IFC: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of IFC's capital stock held by the member) plus basic votes (calculated so that the sum of all basic votes is equal to 5.55 percent of the sum of basic votes and share votes for all members).

IDA: Each member receives the votes it is allocated under IDA replenishments according to the rules established in each IDA replenishment resolution. Votes consist of subscription votes and membership votes.

MIGA: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of MIGA's capital stock held by the member) plus parity votes, calculated so that the aggregate number of votes of category 1 and category 2 members is the same. Members choose which category they want to join at the time of membership. Category 1 members were originally defined as developed countries and category 2 members as developing countries.

Voting Status by Executive Director:

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Werner Gruber

ALTERNATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Paulina Gomulak


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    28th meeting of Energy Charter Conference - Turkmenistan's Chairmanship – Ashgabat 2017

    The 28th meeting of the International Energy Charter Conference has opened in the capital of Turkmenistan – Ashgabat, on November 28, 2017. The conference is being chaired by Turkmenistan this year. The two day Meeting which gathered over 200 delegates from 50 countries, including the heads and representatives of relevant ministries and agencies of member states, and several international and regional organizations, discussed the results of the Energy Charter’s activity in the present year.
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    The Belt & Road Initiative: Building Bonds Across Asia, Europe and Beyond.

    During the World Bank IMF Annual Meetings an array of leaders expressed strong support and optimism for the Belt and Road initiative, launched by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013 and described as the largest infrastructure project in history. Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Erbolat Dossaev, described the Belt and Road as a major opportunity for his landlocked country, bringing new infrastructure and social development and helping to diversify the economy and alleviate poverty
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Werner Gruber

ALTERNATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Paulina Gomulak


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    Doing Business 2017. Equal Opportunity for All

    Economic Profile 2017 Kazakhstan - In June 2017, the Bank released the first report of the new subnational Doing Business series in Kazakhstan. The report measures business regulations and their enforcement in six regions (oblasts)—Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, Karagandy, Kostanay, Pavlodar and South Kazakhstan, each represented by its largest business city (Aktobe, Oskemen, Karagandy, Kostanay, Pavlodar and Shymkent)—as well as Almaty city and the capital city, Astana. It measures regulations affecting 4 stages of the life of a small or medium-size business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity and registering property. Click below to get to the report.
    Economic Profile 2017 Kazakhstan - In June 2017, the Bank released the first report of the new subnational Doing Business series in Kazakhstan. The report measures business regulations and their enforcement in six regions (oblasts)—Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, Karagandy, Kostanay, Pavlodar and South Kazakhstan, each represented by its largest business city (Aktobe, Oskemen, Karagandy, Kostanay, Pavlodar and Shymkent)—as well as Almaty city and the capital city, Astana. It measures regulations affecting 4 stages of the life of a small or medium-size business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity and registering property.
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    Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road - New book of President of Turkmenistan

    Turkmenistan devotes high importance to transport and transit sectors. The country has been developing transit routes in view of its favorable geographical location. In October 2017, the new book of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov «Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road» has been officially launched. According to the Press Center of the Turkmen State Publishing Service, the book has been published in Turkmen, English and Russian languages, and is intended for a wide range of readers.

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Yearly Reports
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    Upcoming World Development Report 2016

    Internet for Development
    The report will analyze what factors have allowed some governments, firms and households to benefit from the Internet, and identify the barriers that limit gains elsewhere.
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    Doing Business 2016

    Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency
    Comparing Business Regulation for domestic firms in 189 Economies.
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    World Bank Annual Report 2015

    It covers the period from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, focuses on how the World Bank is partnering with countries to end extreme poverty by 2030, promote shared prosperity, and support the global sustainable development agenda.
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    World Development Report 2015

    Mind, Society, and Behavior
    It shows how a more subtle view of human behavior provides new tools for interventions.
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    Global Development Indicators 2015

    The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources.
    It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.