The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, announced on February 28, 2022, the appointment of Kyle Kelhofer as Senior Regional Representative for Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo . The American thus succeeds Ronke-Amoni Ogunsulire and will have to focus on supporting private sector growth, job creation and post-Covid-19 recovery in the West African region.
Kyle Kelhofer previously worked for the IFC in Ghana, and has nearly 30 years of experience in international development, according to a press release from the institution he joined in 1998. He notably worked on the financing of the efficiency in Eastern Europe, SME financing in sub-Saharan Africa, post-conflict financing in the Middle East, and IFC’s first subnational financing in Latin America. During his assignment in Ghana from 2007 to 2010, it is said, his work focused, among other things, on strengthening the country’s oil, financial and telecommunications sectors.
“It is a great pleasure to be back in West Africa and I look forward to working with the IFC team to support socio-economic development in the region. The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, poverty and unemployment are serious and interrelated challenges, but by working with public and private sector partners, we can help the region lay the foundations for strong growth. and sustainable,” he said. Until then, he was IFC’s senior regional representative for Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Vietnam, after serving as IFC’s regional representative for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.