NAIROBI, February 26, 2010 — A delegation of World Bank Executive Directors will visit Kenya from March 2-7, 2010, as part of a three-nation Africa visit from Feb. 26 to March 10, 2010. The Executive Directors will also visit Comoros and Seychelles.
The main purpose of the visit by the Executive Directors is to assess the World Bank’s contribution to Kenya’s development agenda. The Executive Directors want in particular to have a first hand picture of Kenya’s achievements on the socio-economic development front, appreciate Kenya’s development challenges, and engage in a dialogue on the World Bank’s support to Kenya going forward.
While in Kenya, they will familiarize themselves with World Bank activities in the country, listen to government perspectives on development challenges and engage with Bank staff on country specific and global operations. They will also visit Bank-financed projects in transport, energy and education. The visit will also give them perspectives on climate change impact and mitigation, as well as on initiatives for growth and improving incomes for the most vulnerable Kenyans.
In addition to the policy dialogue with senior Government officials, the Executive Directors will also have meetings with representatives of the private sector, civil society and other groups.
The Bank's portfolio in Kenya comprises 16 projects with a total commitment of over US$1.4 billion in all key development areas, including infrastructure, agriculture and rural development, natural resource management, health and education. The Bank is also financing an additional five regional projects in infrastructure, trade, agriculture and the environment, with a commitment of US$320 million for Kenya.