Press Release No:2012/084/SAR
Washington, September 22, 2011—The World Bank hosted a meeting today on "The Economics of Transition in Afghanistan." The meeting took place during the World Bank–IMF Annual Meetings and was co-chaired by World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Afghanistan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal.
Participants discussed the economic impact of the transition to increasingly Afghan-led efforts to secure and develop their own country, as well as the concept of "Resource Corridors" as an engine of future growth and job creation. On the same day, the U.S., Germany and the Government of Afghanistan co-chaired a meeting in New York during the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the importance of building regional cooperation and investment in Afghanistan.
These meetings will help lay the foundation for a major international conference on Afghanistan taking place in Bonn on December 5, 2011, where the Government of Afghanistan and representatives from more than 100 countries and international organizations will meet to re-enforce the Government's vision of its future and the support for it by the international community.