Vol. 5 Num 1137 Fri. August 10, 2007  

New DFID Country Representative due Aug 12
Chris Austin, UK's new Country Representative of the Department for International Development (DFID), will arrive in Dhaka on August 12, says a press release.

Before leaving London, Chris Austin said: "Bangladesh is DFID's second largest country programme and I am delighted to be joining the DFID team there. Bangladesh is an extraordinary country with masses of potential as well as some challenges. I am really looking forward to working with other development partners and supporting efforts to ensure an ever more prosperous and stable future for Bangladesh."

Chris Austin has worked for the British Government in a number of roles over the last 23 years, both in the Treasury, the UK's Finance Ministry, and DFID. Prior to his arrival he worked at DFID's London headquarters as Deputy Director for the Africa Division.

The Department for International Development (DFID) is the British ministry responsible for the UK's contribution towards international efforts to eliminate poverty. The UK is the largest grant donor to Bangladesh, contributing around 120 million per year to country's development.