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Guislan joins AFDB as VP

The African Development Bank announced the appointment of Pierre Guislain as Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization with effect from 01 December 2016.
Guislain, a Belgian national, currently works as Senior Director at the World Bank, where he provides global leadership for the Global Practice on Transport and Information and Communications. He has built an impressive career at the World Bank, spanning more than 30 years.
He worked previously as Director for the Investment Climate Department of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank Group (2006-2014) and Manager of the World Bank Group’s Information and Communications Technology Division (2001-2005).
He currently manages the World Bank’s Global Practice portfolio of US$42 billion on transport and information and communications infrastructure. He is widely respected for his global leadership in pushing for regulatory reforms in the telecoms industry, moving away from the monopolistic telecoms operators to a competitive sector with private sector participation, contributing to what became a major driver of economic and private sector growth, especially in Africa.
Guislain said, “ I am excited about the vision and agenda of the African Development Bank on expanding the private sector and infrastructure to help drive industrialization.”

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