New World Bank Country Manager for Zimbabwe Prioritizes Debt Resolution Efforts

by Oluwatosin Alabi

Eneida Fernandes, a Brazilian national, has assumed the role of the new World Bank Country Manager for Zimbabwe, pledging to play a leading role in expediting debt resolution initiatives. The World Bank made this announcement, highlighting her priorities in the country.

In her new capacity, Ms. Fernandes is tasked with leading the World Bank’s operational programs and involvement in arrears clearance and debt resolution efforts in Zimbabwe. Her mandate also includes fostering constructive dialogue with the government and collaborating with key stakeholders and partners to drive change.

The World Bank’s portfolio in Zimbabwe encompasses a range of sectors, including health, COVID-19 response, social protection, energy, water, climate, governance, agriculture, and poverty monitoring. Additionally, advisory programs from the International Finance Corporation, such as the Zimbabwe Destination Development Program, contribute to the portfolio.

A forthcoming country engagement note will focus on reinforcing macroeconomic stability, promoting transparent governance, and building resilience.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new role, Fernandes affirmed her commitment to deepening the World Bank’s engagement in Zimbabwe. She highlighted the organization’s mission to combat poverty and foster sustainable development.

Fernandes brings a wealth of experience to her new position, having joined the Bank in 2008 and serving in various roles, including Resident Representative for Cabo Verde. Her extensive development expertise spans across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, offering valuable insights for her leadership in Zimbabwe.

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