21 May 2013

Africa: Ban Ki-Moon, World Bank Group President to Visit Africa

World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make an historic joint visit to Africa's Great Lakes region from May 22nd - 24th. This is in support of a recent landmark peace agreement and to push for economic development in one of the world's most troubled regions.

According to the World Bank, Kim and Mr. Ban will travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from May 22nd - 23rd; Rwanda from May 23rd - 24th; and Uganda on May 24th.

The visit draws attention to the plight of fragile and conflict-affected countries struggling to meet the Millennium Development Goals and highlights the commitment of the two international organizations to jointly tackle global conflict and poverty, the World Bank reckons.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the region's largest economy, Kim and Mr Ban will meet with President Joseph Kabila, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo, ministers and other officials. The leaders will discuss how the UN and the World Bank can best support the Framework agreement.

Kim and Mr. Ban meets with President Paul Kagame of Ruwanda and members of his Cabinet. The visit to Africa will end in Uganda where the two leaders sit down with President Yoweri Museveni and other officials.

Africa's Great Lakes region has been destabilized by years of conflict in the DRC that also has spread to neighboring nations. Despite the challenges, countries in the region are working hard to rebuild, improve governance and invest in natural and human resources with the support of the United Nations and the World Bank Group.

The World Bank Group is working closely with governments, the private sector and international partners to support reconstruction and help the countries of the Great Lakes realize their development goals. It has to date invested approximately US$6.7 billion in DRC's development program; US$2.5 billion in Rwanda's; and US$7.3 billion in Uganda's.

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