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The new Asian Development Bank Country Director to Bhutan Ms. Kanokpan Lao-Araya presented  her  credentials  to  the  Hon’ble  Foreign  Minister, Lyonpo  Damcho  Dorji, at  a ceremony   conducted   at  the   Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs,  Gyalyong  Tshogkhang  on  20 February 2017.

Ms. Lao-Araya holds a PhD in Experimental  Economics, Trade, Public Finance from  Indiana University  (Bloomington) USA. She joined the  Asian Development Bank in July 2001 as an Economist in the Economic Research Department in Manila, Philippines. Prior to joining ADB, Ms.  Lao-Araya  has worked  as Senior  Economist  in  Thailand’s  Fiscal Policy  Office  under Ministry  of Finance since April  1998. Before being appointed  as the ADB Resident Representative  to Bhutan, she worked  as Principal Results Management Specialist/Officer­ In-Charge in Manila  Philippines from 2013.

Ms. Lao-Araya is a Thai national.  She succeeds Mr. Tshewang Norbu, who  served as ADB’s first Resident Representative  to Bhutan. She is the second ADB Representative  to  Bhutan. The ADB Office in Thimphu was established in 2014.

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