DAKAR, January 31, 2018—World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim arrives in Dakar tomorrow on a three-day visit in conjunction with the visit of President Emmanuel Macron of France. The visit follows the One Planet Summit which they co-hosted in Paris in December 2017, and seeks to demonstrate commitment to joint action on adaptation to climate change. President Macron and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will also travel with President Macky Sall of Senegal to Saint-Louis, a historic town under threat from coastal erosion.
“I want to congratulate the Government of Senegal for its leadership on climate change mitigation and adaptation,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. “I am looking forward to visiting Saint-Louis, where efforts to stop coastal erosion are a great example of how the Government can work with the international community to initiate collective action for the region. The World Bank Group is committed to helping Senegal, West Africa, and countries around the world address the effects of climate change.”
During his visit, the World Bank Group President will hold bilateral meetings with President Sall and President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso. He will also attend a high-level session on global education challenges.
Kim will reiterate the World Bank’s commitment to strong partnership with Senegal and with France in support of African development.
He will also seek the government’s leadership in improving educational outcomes and creating quality educational opportunities for all. “Human capital is essential for sustained long-term growth and rising living standards,” Kim said. “Transformational change in education will allow Senegalese to capitalize on technological change and leapfrog into the 21st century economy.”