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Galina Sotirova, New World Bank Country Manager for Jamaica now based in Kingston

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Ms. Galina Sotirova, who assumed duties as the new World Bank Country Manager for Jamaica on July 1, has now moved to  Kingston . A programme of engagements with Government, Private Sector, Media and Civil Society will begin with a courtesy call on Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller next Tuesday, September 8.

In her new position, Ms. Sotirova will lead the World Bank’s day-to-day dialogue with the Jamaican government, key stakeholders and development partners, and foster a strong partnership to help Jamaica achieve the goals of promoting sustainable and inclusive growth and reducing poverty.

Galina Sotirova
Galina Sotirova

A Bulgarian national, Ms. Sotirova joined the Bank in 1994 as a Human Development Specialist and has held various positions in several regions of the Bank, her most recent assignments being Country Manager for Burkina Faso and Country Operations Advisor for the Caribbean.

In announcing her appointment, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean Jorge Familiar said, “She brings to the position a good knowledge of Jamaica’s challenges and opportunities, managerial experience and leadership skills, as well as a track record of building productive relationships with clients and development partners to attain results and achieve shared goals.”

Ms. Sotirova holds graduate degrees in international relations, economics, and public policy from the University of Sofia, John’s Hopkins University SAIS, and the London School of Economics.

“I am excited about serving in Jamaica at this critical time when the government is undertaking significant reforms and initiatives to lay stronger foundations for growth and address social and climate vulnerabilities in the country. I hope to quickly settle in and build on my predecessor’s work to effectively implement the Jamaica Country Partnership Strategy, and continue engaging in a dynamic dialogue with government, civil society, private sector and all our development partners,” said Galina Sotirova.

Ms. Sotirova succeeds Kathy Lalazarian who has been acting Resident Representative since July 2014 when the previous representative Giorgio Valentini left to take up an appointment as Country Manager for Honduras.

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