World Bank Managing Director to Visit Albania

January 7, 2011

TIRANA, January 7, 2011 -- The World Bank Managing Director Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will make her first official visit to Albania, on January 9 to 11. The main purpose of the visit will be to emphasize the importance of Albania’s new “New Growth Agenda” and express the Bank’s support to the Government under the new Country Partnership Strategy. In addition, she will use this opportunity to express the Bank’s solidarity with those affected by the recent massive floods in Shkodra area, and discuss possibilities for additional support to mitigate the risks of future floods.

During her three-day visit, Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will meet with Prime Minister H.E. Sali Berisha, members of the Cabinet, Governor of the Bank of Albania Mr. Ardian Fullani, leader of the opposition Mr. Edi Rama, and representatives of civil society, and private sector.  She will also visit a number of World Bank supported projects.

The World Bank Managing Director will have a joint press conference with Prime Minister Berisha on Monday, January 10, at 12:00 in the Council of Ministers. She will also hold a speech titled Albania and the Western Balkans: Responding to the Crisis--Challenges and Opportunities for the academia and students of public and non-public universities. The activity will take place on Monday, January 10, at 3:00 p.m. in the Faculty of Economy, Tirana University, Rruga e Elbasanit.