HARARE, October 20, 2023 — In a significant development, Ms. Eneida Fernandes has officially assumed her role as the new World Bank Country Manager for Zimbabwe. Her appointment comes at a crucial time, as Zimbabwe grapples with arrears clearance and debt resolution efforts, making her responsibilities vital in advancing the nation’s economic prospects.
Ms. Fernandes is no stranger to the realm of international development, having joined the World Bank in 2008 and accrued over two decades of experience in development initiatives across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Her most recent position as the Resident Representative for Cabo Verde showcased her capabilities and expertise, making her an ideal choice to lead the World Bank’s efforts in Zimbabwe.
In her new role, Ms. Fernandes has outlined a set of priorities that emphasize the need for effective leadership in World Bank’s operational programs and engagement in Zimbabwe. Her primary focus includes fostering a constructive dialogue with the Zimbabwean government and working collaboratively with key stakeholders and partners to catalyze meaningful change within the country.
Speaking about her new assignment, Ms. Fernandes expressed her enthusiasm and commitment to the mission of the World Bank. She stated, “I am excited to begin my assignment and look forward to deepening our engagement in the country. Through knowledge, financing, and partnerships, we will continue to work with the Government of Zimbabwe and other stakeholders in line with our mission of creating a world free of poverty on a livable planet.”
The World Bank’s portfolio for Zimbabwe encompasses a range of critical sectors, including health, social protection, energy, water, climate, governance, agriculture, and poverty monitoring. Notably, it also includes projects addressing the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the Zimbabwe Health Sector Development Support Project and Zimbabwe COVID-19 Emergency Response Project.
Additionally, advisory programs from the International Finance Corporation, such as the Zimbabwe Destination Development Program, form a crucial part of the country’s engagement with the World Bank.
Looking ahead, a new country engagement note is currently in preparation. It is poised to focus on strengthening macroeconomic stability, promoting effective and transparent governance, and building resilience within Zimbabwe, reflecting the commitment of Ms. Fernandes and the World Bank to support the country’s development and progress.
Ms. Eneida Fernandes’ appointment as the World Bank Country Manager for Zimbabwe signals a renewed commitment to bolstering the nation’s economic prospects, eradicating poverty, and fostering sustainable development. Her vast experience and dedication position her as a valuable asset in advancing Zimbabwe’s future on the global stage.