World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will visit Turkey on October 29th – 31st, his first visit to the country since becoming president in July 2012.
During his visit, Kim will attend the 5th Izmir Economic Congress, the Official Opening of the Global Center for Islamic Finance, and the 8th Meeting of the Investment Advisory Council (IAC) for Turkey.
President Kim will meet with government leaders, including the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, as well as civil society and business representatives to discuss how the World Bank Group can best continue supporting Turkey’s inclusive growth and shared prosperity, and its growing role in the region. Meetings will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing Turkey, an upper middle-income country, and the needed reforms in a more global context.
Kim will be accompanied by Gino Alzetta, Executive Director of the World Bank Group; Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia; Dimitris Tsitsiragos, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Vice President for Eastern and Southern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa; and Martin Raiser, World Bank Country Director for Turkey.
There will be press availability briefly at the end of the opening session of the Economic Congress in Izmir; and a press conference with President Kim and Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan after the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Global Center of Excellence for Islamic Finance, both on October 30th. Details regarding these events will be relayed to the members of the press in due course.