New ADB Country Director for Cambodia to Focus on Inclusive Growth, Boosting Partnership

PHNOM PEHN, CAMBODIA – Promoting inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth that will help improve the quality of life of Cambodians, especially those who are most vulnerable, are key focus areas for the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) new Country Director for Cambodia.

“This is an exciting time to be in Cambodia and I am privileged to be here,” said Eric Sidgwick, a French national who assumed the post in late September. “The country has some unique challenges, but has made steady progress in the past decade. I’m looking forward to working with the government, private sector, development partners and Cambodia’s vibrant civil society in ensuring effective support from the ADB to accelerate the progress in reducing poverty and promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth.”

Mr. Sidgwick replaces Mr. Putu Kamayana, who moved to become Head of the Extended Mission in Myanmar.

Mr. Sidgwick joined ADB in 2007 as Senior Country Economist for Cambodia, responsible for overseeing ADB’s operations and relations with Government in the areas of governance, finance, trade and private sector development. In 2010, he was appointed as Principal Economist (Regional Cooperation) of the ADB’s Southeast Asia Department.

In his new position, Mr. Sidgwick will help ensure effective support in five priority areas – transport, water supply, sanitation and urban development, agriculture and natural resources, education, and finance – to promote inclusive economic growth and social development. These five priority sectors are specified in the $500 million Country Partnership Strategy 2011-2013 and are consistent with the Government’s National Strategic Development Plan Update.

Mr. Sidgwick has over 20 years of professional experience working with multilateral development banks and other financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, on a range of economic development issues in Asian countries and a number of countries in the Middle East and francophone Africa. He holds post-graduate degrees in Economics and International Relations and a Bachelor Degree in Economics with International Studies from the United Kingdom and the United States.