ULAANBAATAR, August 21, 2014. The World Bank has appointed James Anderson as its new Country Representative for Mongolia. Mr. Anderson has formally taken the position on August 18th and will begin work in Ulaanbaatar next week.
Mr. James Anderson is a U.S. national and a PhD in Economics. He brings with him broad experience, having worked with the World Bank since 1997. Before joining the World Bank Mongolia, he served as the Senior Government Specialist in Hanoi, Vietnam. From 1998 to 2008, he was a public sector specialist in the European and Central Asia Region of the World Bank. During the 1990s spent some years working in Mongolia as part of a USAID project and consulting for the World Bank, organizing training on institutional reform and conducting research on the effects of privatization and on Mongolia’s burgeoning informal sector.
Mr. Anderson will soon begin making courtesy calls with government officials, including the with the Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Finance.
“Mr. James Anderson will lead the World Bank’s engagement in Mongolia, working in partnership with the government and other stakeholders to support Mongolia’s development, leveraging its resources to help reduce poverty and ensure that Mongolia’s prosperity is widely shared among the population,” said the Country Director for Mongolia, China and Korea Mr. Klaus Rohland.
Under Mr. Anderson’s leadership, the World Bank Mongolia will continue to support the Mongolian government’s efforts on a broad range of development issues and closely work with development partners, the private sector, and civil society.