Guislain, Pierre

Transport and ICT Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Profile Picture
Author Name Variants
Fields of Specialization
Transport and ICT Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Externally Hosted Work
Contact Information
Last updated January 31, 2023
Pierre Guislain has been appointed Senior Director of the Transport and ICT Global Practice of the World Bank Group. He is a Belgian national, is the Director of the joint Bank-IFC-MIGA Investment Climate Department (CIC), a role he has held since 2006. In this position, he also serves as IFC business line director for investment climate, Bank FPD global practice co-director for investment climate, and is in charge of the FIAS multidonor program, the Health in Africa initiative and other global programs. He is also co-director at IFC for Fragile and Conflict Affected countries. Prior to this, Pierre was Manager of the Bank’s Global Telecommunications and ICT Sector division. Pierre brings extensive experience in private sector development and infrastructure sector reform, including Transport and ICT, as well as a deep practice of partnership within and outside the World Bank Group. He is author and editor of publications on PSD, foreign direct investment, ICT, infrastructure reform and privatization. He holds an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University, as well as a graduate degree in Belgian and International Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Publication Search Results

Now showing 1 - 3 of 3
  • Thumbnail Image
    Concessions - The Way to Privatize Infrastructure Sector Monopolies
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 1995-10) Guislain, Pierre ; Kerf, Michel
    Under concession arrangements, the state delegates to the private sector the right to provide a service, yet retains some control over the sector by incorporating in a concession contract or license the terms and conditions that will govern the infrastructure project or company. This approach is well suited for privatizing sectors with monopolistic characteristics. This Note outlines the concession-type approach and some of its operational implications. Designing a concession that strikes the balance among the interests of the investors, the consumers, and the public authorities and that fits the conditions of both the sector and the country requires a clear identification of the objectives and tradeoffs. Each concession is likely to be a special case requiring special attention and unique features.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Action and Advocacy for Sustainable Transport: Recent and Ongoing World Bank Efforts
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2015-10) Guislain, Pierre ; Irigoyen, Jose Luis
    During its 2014–15 fiscal year, the World Bank’s transport strategy focused on sustainability as part of a broader effort to eradicate poverty, raise shared prosperity, and tackle climate change. As articulated by the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, sustainability encompasses heightened access in rural and landlocked areas, low-carbon solutions in cities, and world trade and growth stimulated by investments in infrastructure, inter-modality, and digital and low-carbon technologies. The World Bank’s new commitments in fiscal year 2015 reflected this convergence, and its operational focus has been backed by strong advocacy on transport issues in recent global conferences and high-level summits.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Connecting Sub-Saharan Africa : A World Bank Group Strategy for Information and Communication Technology Sector Development
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2005) Guislain, Pierre ; Ampah, Mavis A. ; Besançon, Laurent ; Niang, Cécile ; Sérot, Alexandre
    The strategy builds on the earlier reform agenda in the sector by leveraging the achievements to date of Sub-Saharan African countries to advance the essential goal of increasing the continent's connectivity. It provides strategies for developing and enhancing the capacity of Africa's information and communication technology sector (ICT) institutions-including regulators, ministries, and regional bodies-to lead the development of an interconnected region and implement sustainable regional strategies for integration and knowledge sharing. Of particular concern is the ability to bring rural areas into the national, regional, and global economies, thus creating new opportunities for the world's poorest citizens.