WASHINGTON, December 10, 2012 – Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank, will visit the Republic of Senegal from 11 to 12 December. The main objective of her visit would be two-fold: (i) meet and listen to key decision makers and other stakeholders on the country’s priorities, (ii) reiterate the World Bank Group support to Senegal as the country aspires to become a high-income country by the next decade. The government and its people have recently completed a national strategy for social and economic development. In support, the World Bank has just completed a highly consultative preparation of its Country Partnership strategy that is aligned with the national strategy.
“This will be my first visit to Senegal and I am looking forward to learn more about the country’s development challenges and opportunities. The Senegalese government has made it clear that it wants to accelerate economic growth, reduce poverty and move towards shared and inclusive prosperity. As a long-standing partner, the World Bank will continue to help the country to achieve its goals.” said Ms. Indrawati.
Accompanied by Jan Walliser, Director of Strategy and Operations of the World Bank for Africa Region, Ms. Indrawati will meet with the Senegalese authorities, including Mr. Macky Sall, President of Senegal, Mr. Abdoul Mbaye, Prime Minister and Mr. Amadou Kane, Minister of Economy and Finance. She will also meet with the members of the civil society, private sector and youth groups.
The Managing director will visit some of the programs supported by the World Bank Group, including the Flooding Control Project and the Dakar-Diamniadio Toll Road, (under construction) to learn first-hand about the contribution and impact of the World Bank Group’s support to Senegal. She will also visit the historical site of Gorée Island, the historical site remembering the Atlantic slave trade.
Before leaving Dakar for Niamey (Niger), Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati will give a press conference on Wednesday, December 12 at the World Bank office in Dakar.