Ulaanbaatar, October 26, 2010 – Mr. Bayartsogt Sangajav, Minister of Finance of Mongolia and Ms. Coralie Gevers, the new Country Manager of the World Bank for Mongolia, signed today a US$30 million Financing Agreement in support of the significant reforms that the Government has been undertaking since it was hit by the economic crisis in 2008.
The Second Phase of Development Policy Credit (DPC2), which complements the First Phase financing of US$40 million that was approved in June 2009, aims to support the Government in its continued efforts to sustain the economic recovery and to develop a stable fiscal framework for the future. In particular, the DPC2 supports reforms in four areas: (i) establishing an improved fiscal policy and management; (ii) designing a social protection system that supports the poorest people through economic downturns; (iii) preparing a framework towards a sounder financial sector; and (iv) maintaining an attractive investment climate for mining.
“Great opportunities lie ahead for Mongolia and it is critical that the Government put in place, as it is doing now, a sound fiscal framework to ensure that future mining revenues advance development opportunities for all” Ms. Gevers said. “We are pleased to support them in this effort.”
The signing of the Financing Agreement was also the opportunity for Mr. Klaus Rohland, World Bank Country Director for China, Mongolia and Korea, to introduce Ms. Gevers, who was recently appointed as the World Bank Country Manager and Resident Representative for Mongolia, to the Government.
Ms. Gevers, a Belgian national, joined the World Bank in 1996. An economist by training, she has held a number of positions, including Senior Economist in the Chief Economist’s office, Assistant to the President and most recently, Adviser in the office of the Vice President in the East Asia and Pacific Region. Ms. Gevers holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Namur in Belgium and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
In her new position, Ms. Gevers will focus on furthering the dialogue with the Government on a broad range of development issues, in partnership with government agencies, development partners, the private sector, and civil society. Ms. Gevers assumed her position on October 16, 2010 and will be based in Ulaanbaatar.