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Vol 37 No 4

Published 16th February 1996

Dividing Africa

The World Bank is abuzz with speculation about reorganisation following an internal memo on 8 February confirming the appointment of two new Vice-Presidents for its Africa Region. Zimbabwe'sCallisto E. Madavo, a Bank employee since 1970 and former head of the Eastern Africa Department, heads one of the three South-East Asia Departments. France's Jean-Louis Sarbib, an ex-lecturer and Africa Department veteran of 16 years, is in charge of Western Africa; he is recognised for handling tactfully the sensitive 1994 CF A franc devaluation. Madavo now has responsibility for Southern and East Africa, with a brief to strengthen links with African and international bodies; Sarbib's area is West and Central Africa and the Sahel.

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