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Indonesian economist appointed to head ADB's office

07-15-2010 15:40 BJT

JAKARTA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian prominent economist Iwan Jaya Azis has been appointed to head the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI), the ADB said in a statement Thursday.

Iwan, an Indonesian finance minister candidate to replace Sri Mulyani who now served as a deputy director at the World Bank (WB), has worked with the ADB for years.

With the ADB's appointment, Iwan, who is currently the director of Graduate Study for Regional Science at Cornell University, is tasked to oversee ADB's efforts to help member countries pursue closer regional ties to a more globally connected Asia.

In his more-than-30-year-long career, Iwan has worked in various research projects with the World Bank, the United Nations, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Japan's Ministry for Trade and Industry, Bank Indonesia, Harvard University and Columbia University.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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