According to ADB press statement, Ms. Yang , who assumed office on April 24, 2017, is ADB’s first woman Country Director in Pakistan as well as the first national of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
O’Sullivan added, “Pakistan’s recent growth and development has been impressive. With further economic and structural reforms taking place and new opportunities emerging, Ms. Yang will bring to this key position strategic leadership and considerable experience in the region to support this transformation.”
Ms. Yang will spearhead ADB operations in Pakistan to support the country’s development goals through regional initiatives such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Central Asian Regional Cooperation (CAREC).
Ms. Yang said, “Pakistan has a fast improving economy led by a youthful, dynamic workforce. ADB is committed to assist the country to boost growth and spur job creation through our support to energy, transport, agriculture, urban services, and public private partnerships.”
She added, “I am looking forward to working with the government, private sector, development partners, civil society, and other stakeholders to help Pakistan achieve its development targets.”
Ms. Yang’s professional experience in development spans over three decades, during which she managed complex infrastructure-related assignments covering a diverse portfolio including highways, railways, waterways, cross border logistics projects and PPPs.
She holds a graduate degree in Economics from Beijing University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Finance from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, PRC.