Indonesian economist and former Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu has been appointed as Managing Director (MD), Development Policy and Partnerships for the World Bank, the bank’s chief announced.

In a statement, World Bank Group President David Malpass said Pangestu joins the Bank with exceptional policy and management expertise, having served as Indonesia’s minister of trade from 2004 to 2011 and as minister of tourism and creative economy from 2011 until October 2014.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Mari to the Bank in this critical new role for the institution,” he said.

Malpass noted that her experience as a senior Minister and other

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