Managing Director of the World Bank visits Projects in Brazil

February 27, 2015

Sri Mulyani Indrawati will visit Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia

BRASILIA, February 27, 2015 - Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Bank, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, will arrive in Brazil on Saturday (28). This is her first visit to the country since she joined the World Bank in 2010. In a span of four days, she will visit the states of Amazonas, Rio de Janeiro and the Federal District, to learn the finer details of the work done by the World Bank in partnership with these states, with a special focus on gender and poverty reduction issues. Dr. Indrawati will also be meeting with national officials.

Brazil is an important member of the World Bank Group and a long-term partner in the fight against poverty. Brazil has made remarkable economic and social progress in the last decade. It lifted 25 million people out of poverty, built a stable economy and has met almost all millennium development goals”, said Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank. “My visit is an opportunity to see how Brazil can share its impressive lessons with other countries around the world. I also want to reinforce our role as a partner in supporting the government’s agenda and to help address the country’s remaining development challenges.”

Formerly the Minister of Finance of Indonesia, Sri Mulyani Indrawati will begin her trip in Manaus, where she will visit Projeto Proconfins, a project aimed at improving urban infrastructure and education. The project is executed in partnership with the Government of the State of Amazonas and includes gender components, such as deploying and training police to address violence against women and mobile units that provide medical and legal assistance to victims of gender-based violence. She will also be meeting with government officials and representatives of the private sector in the state capital city of Manaus.

The second leg of the trip will take Dr. Indrawati to Rio de Janeiro, where she will have an opportunity to visit SuperVia’s commuter rail system and meet students at Escola do Amanhã. She’ll attend the launch ceremony of Projeto Via Lilás, which brings together basic public services aimed at providing a better and safer commute to SuperVia’s female passengers. While in Rio, Dr. Indrawati will also meet with the president of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), Luciano Coutinho, and State Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão.

Finally, the Managing Director will travel to Brasilia to meet with Federal Government officials, such as the Ministers of Finance Joaquim Levy; Planning, Nelson Barbosa; Environment, Izabella Teixeira; Social Development, Tereza Campello; and Central Bank President, Alexandre Tombini.

"The World Bank has supported the Government of Brazil in important initiatives to eradicate poverty and promote shared prosperity, through successful partnerships carried out over the course of 60+ years," states Deborah L. Wetzel, World Bank Country Director for Brazil. "Sri Mulyani's visit is taking place at a strategic juncture, as the country overhauls its action plan for the next four years. This will be a great opportunity for her to witness the outstanding results of this partnership."

At the end of the trip, the Managing Director of the World Bank Group will attend a ceremony at the Chamber of Deputies to award the winner of a Hackathon. The first prize will go to the developer of an app that will help preventing violence against women and promoting citizenship.

About Sri Mulyani Indrawati - As Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at the World Bank Group, Sri Mulyani Indrawati is in charge of institution's operations around the world. Dr. Indrawati joined the World Bank in June 2010. She previously served as the Minister of Finance of Indonesia and Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs. Prior to taking office at the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Indrawati led the Ministry of National Development Planning. Her previous positions include Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, faculty member of the University of Indonesia and Visiting Professor at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Dr. Indrawati holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois.

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