Strengthening the World Bank's Engagement with the Arab World
Marwan Muasher, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, The World Bank
This is a Middle East Programme roundtable event.
Marwan Muasher, a Jordanian national, joined the World Bank as Senior Vice President of External Affairs in 2007, from his most recent position at the Senate of Jordan.
In 1995, Mr Muasher opened Jordan's first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 became Minister of Information and the government's spokesman. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington again as Ambassador. He then returned to Jordan to serve as Foreign Minister, where he was deeply involved in the peace process. In 2004 he became Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Reform and Government Performance, and led the effort to produce a ten-year Development Strategy. Mr Muasher is currently leading work in the World Bank which aims to strengthen the organisation's engagement with the Arab world - one of President Zoellick's six strategic themes.
To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.