New World Bank Country Director to visit Sri Lanka this week

Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, the new World Bank Country Director* for Sri Lanka and Maldives is visiting Colombo this week to meet with the Sri Lankan Government, and other development partners, to discuss the status of the World Bank Group operations and how the Bank can continue to support the country’s development priorities in the most impactful manner.

During the four-day visit, Pswarayi-Riddihough accompanied outgoing Country Director, Francoise Clottes to the introductory meetings with the Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Hon. Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake and the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Indrajith Coomaraswamy. She also spent a day in Maldives meeting key government officials there.
In her new position, Pswarayi-Riddihough’s priorities will be to implement the new Country Partnership Frameworks for Sri Lanka and the Maldives in partnership with the respective governments, provide oversight on portfolio management and quality issues, while working closely with clients and other development partners to provide timely and effective implementation support.

Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, a Zimbabwean national, joined the Bank in 1995 as a Young Professional. She earned her PHD from Oxford University in 1993. She has since held various operational and corporate management positions. She has worked in 4 different regions, South Asia, East Asia, Middle East and North and Africa and the Africa Region. Her most recent posting in South Asia was as the Director of Operational Services from 2012 to 2014.

* Ms. Pswarayi-Riddihough’s appointment is effective as of August 1, 2016. (Media Release)