Arnaud Cauchois has been named as the new Country Director for Nepal by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Mr. Cauchois will supervise ADB operations in Nepal as well as policy dialogue with the Nepalese government and other development partners in his new role as country director. He will be in charge of implementing the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) country partnership strategy for Nepal, which focuses on the country’s long-term development needs, including improved infrastructure for private sector-led growth, improved access to devolved services, and environmental sustainability and resilience.
“The Asian Development Bank has been a long-time development partner of Nepal. Mr. Cauchois stated, “I am looking forward to building on our solid cooperation and working closely with the government, development partners, and other stakeholders to promote Nepal’s development agenda and poverty reduction efforts.” “My first goal will be to assist the Government of Nepal in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis’s immediate and long-term health, economic, and social consequences.”
Mr. Cauchois stated that in the medium run, it is necessary to assist the government in the development of integrated solutions by integrating expertise from other sectors and merging public and private sector financing. Green resilient and inclusive initiatives, as well as the expansion of private sector operations, will be undertaken in close partnership with the government and development partners.
Mr. Cauchois has nearly three decades of expertise, including over 15 years with ADB. Mr. Cauchois, a French national, began his career with the ADB in 2005 as a Rural Development Specialist and has since held a number of senior posts. Prior to this, he worked as a Principal Water Resources Specialist for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, and was based in the Asian Development Bank’s India Resident Mission. For six years, he was also assigned to the ADB’s Nepal Resident Mission, where he oversaw the improvement of Nepal’s water management systems.
Prior to joining ADB, he worked for the European Commission in Afghanistan as a Rural Development Advisor and has considerable expertise managing policy conversation with governments on various elements of development.
He graduated from Montpellier’s Superior School of Tropical Agronomy with a master’s degree in water resource management.
Since its founding in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has supplied Nepal with approximately $7 billion in financial and technical assistance. Energy, transportation, water supply and urban infrastructure services, agriculture and irrigation, and education all received help.
The Asian Development Bank is dedicated to establishing a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific while continuing to fight extreme poverty. It was founded in 1966 and is owned by 68 members, 49 of them are from the region.