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ADB appoints Khamudkhanov as new country director for Nepal

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KATHMANDU — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed  Mukhtor Khamudkhanov as new Country Director for Nepal.

Mr. Khamudkhanov will lead ADB operations in Nepal and oversee the formulation and implementation of ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy, which aims to support the country’s long-term development needs through infrastructure, human capital and private sector development, and regional integration and social inclusion, the ADB Country Office here stated.

“ADB has an extended development partnership with Nepal,” said Mr. Khamudkhanov. “My priority is to build on that partnership, work closely with the government, and effectively coordinate our country office’s extensive support to the government’s development agenda and poverty reduction efforts.”

Mr. Khamudkhanov, an Uzbek national, joined ADB in 2001 and has since held numerous leading positions. Prior to this appointment, he served as Principal Energy Specialist in the Energy Division for South Asia at ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

Mr. Khamudkhanov was Senior Energy Specialist From 2007 to 2011, and prior to that he held a position of Senior Policy and Planning Specialist in the Strategy and Policy Department.

He has also served as Deputy Director and Chief Expert in the Division for Cooperation with International Financial and Economic Institutions in the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan.

He holds a Ph.D. in Technology (Electrical Engineering) from Tashkent State Technical University, Uzbekistan, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs (Economic Policy Management) from Columbia University, New York. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the University of London.

Mr. Khamudkhanov replaces the outgoing Country Director Kenichi Yokoyama, who served in Nepal from 2011 and is now Country Director at ADB’s India Resident Mission.

Nepal is a founding member of ADB, which, to date, has provided the country with $5 billion in public and private sector loans, technical assistance, and grants.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.

Established in 1966, ADB is celebrating 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members-48 from the region. In 2016, ADB assistance totaled $31.7 billion, including $14 billion in co-financing.

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RUPANDEHI- The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) Province-5 has expressed discontent on the employees’ adjustment ordinance brought out by the government.

Noting that the employees’ adjustment ordinance was introduced against the common understanding of the employees, the committee on Monday submitted a 12-point memorandum to the federal government through Province-5 Chief Minister and Office of Council of Ministers.

It may be noted that a 22-point common concept was submitted to the government through Chief Secretary of the federal government after holding discussions among national level trade unions of civil service. The discussion was coordinated by the authentic trade union of civil service employees.

The committee has expressed disagreement on the issuance of employees adjustment ordinance-2018 against the share concerns against the shared concept of the employees.

The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) has been insisting on the government to adjust employees as per the Adjustment Act-2074 and immediately enforce the voluntary retirement plan as per the Clause 13 of the Act.

A team headed by Association Province-5 Chairperson Madan Gautam had submitted the memorandum to Secretary of Chief Minister and Council of Minister, Basanta Adhikari.

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