Haiti - Reconstruction : Visit of Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
Kim will meet with Haiti’s senior leadership, including President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, to discuss the government’s priorities and the Bank’s continuing role to support the country’s reconstruction and longer-term development efforts.
The President of the World Bank, also, will visit several projects, including a Bank-supported program that has helped find housing for thousands of Haitians following the 2010 earthquake, and will speak with business leaders as well as attendees on a conference on poverty.
"First, let me express my condolences to the families and friends of those who lost at the passager of Sandy. It was a tragedy and our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones. I chose to come to Haiti well before this event to underscore the priority that I give to this country and to the fight against poverty around the world [...] While there has been much progress in the rebuilding of Haiti, the country's reconstruction and development will require a sustained effort for a long time. We are committed to supporting Haiti as it moves from emergency reconstruction to economic development in order to create new opportunities for all," declared the President of the World Bank.
Mr. Kim will be accompanied by Hasan Tuluy, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean; Jin-Yong Cai, the recently appointed Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank; and Michel Wormser, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).
Highlights of the visit of Jim Yong Kim :
Learn more about the contribution of the World Bank :
With regard to the World Bank Group’s support, donors allocated US$500 million from the International Development Association’s (IDA) Crisis Response Window to Haiti for the period of 2012-14. The Haiti Interim Strategy Note (ISN 2) for 2013/14, which was approved in September 2012, programs the remaining US$245 million in grants, following the first tranche of US$255 million, which was approved in December 2011.
Under ISN 2 the World Bank will continue to invest in reconstruction, basic health and education services. Supporting the government in its transition from emergency response to longer-term development, the strategy will also :