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ADB appoints Zaidansyah as country director for PNG

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Said Zaidansyah as the Country Director for Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Mr Zaidansyah will oversee ADB’s country partnership strategy for PNG and wider engagement in the country.

“Working with the government of Papua New Guinea, we are committed to, among other things, helping rehabilitate the Highlands Highway and other transport infrastructure, improve civil aviation safety, respond to climate change, promote private sector development, and increase access to health and financial services in the country,” Mr Zaidansyah said.

A national of Indonesia, Mr Zaidansyah graduated with LLM from Queen Mary College of University of London under the British Chevening scholarship and LLB from the University of Indonesia.

He joined ADB under the Young Professional Program in 2002 and spent many years in the Office of the General Counsel.

Mr Zaidansyah held most recently a senior management role as the Deputy Country Director for Indonesia.

ADB is financing large-scale infrastructure investments in transport and energy sectors, including the ongoing $1 billion program to rehabilitate and maintain 430 kilometres of highway in the highland areas.

The program is also upgrading bridges, improving road safety, establishing logistics platforms and services for agricultural production, and supporting transport sector reforms.

An electricity grid project to expand the transmission and distribution grid in the national capital was approved in 2022.

The ADB-supported Civil Aviation Development Investment Project (Phase 2) is rehabilitating five more remote PNG airports.

Weather observation and navigation services will be installed at the sites, and the power supply at Port Moresby International Airport will be boosted by the project. This will further enhance connectivity in PNG.

Women will be the major beneficiaries of civil aviation training.