New head of the IMF mission to Romania – Reza Baqir, to visit Bucharest during January 12-15

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The head of the IMF mission to Romania, Andrea Schaechter, has ended her mandate after two and half years, being replaced by Reza Baqir, who will pay a visit to Bucharest during January 12-15 to be presented to the authorities, the IMF local office has announced.
“Mr. Reza Baqir has been appointed the new head of mission for Romania and will visit Bucharest during January 12-15 to be presented to the authorities. He replaces Andrea Schaechter, who completed her mandate after two and a half years in accordance with the policies of the career usual rotation,” said on Monday, in a statement, Guillermo Tolosa (photo), IMF resident Representative for Bulgaria and Romania.
Reza Baqir, a Pakistani, is working with the International Monetary Fund since 2000.
He has been head of the Debt Policy Division of IMF’s Strategy, Policy and Review Department for four years, before joining the Fund’s Department for Europe; he has contributed to the tax and debt policies during the crisis in Cyprus, Ghana, Greece, Jamaica, Portugal, Ukraine, etc. He has represented the IMF at the Paris Club meetings for several years.
His resume includes graduation from Harvard University, a PhD in economy at the Berkeley University of California, and work with the World Bank, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Union Bank of Switzerland.
Schaechter was head of the mission for Romania, Ukraine and Kosovo since June 2013.
At that time she had replaced Erik de Vrijer, which took over the IMF mission in Romania Jeffrey Franks in the summer of 2012.

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