JAKARTA, May 18, 2015 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will visit Indonesia from May 19-22, in an effort to strengthen the institution’s partnership with the world’s largest majority Muslim democracy.
During Dr. Kim’s trip, his first visit to Indonesia since becoming president in July 2012, he plans to meet with President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubawono X, Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, and other high-level government and business officials. He will also visit Rekompak, a community-based, post-disaster reconstruction project, a public primary health care center, the Sunda Kelapa Harbor and Tanjung Priok Port, among other places.
“Indonesia is one of the World Bank’s most important shareholders, and we opened the Jakarta office back in 1968, our first country office outside of Washington, D.C.,” Dr. Kim said. “We support President Widodo’s mission of ending extreme poverty and sharing prosperity more widely across this vast archipelago. Indonesia can be deservedly proud of its remarkable progress and the enormous gains it has made in poverty reduction. Halving the poverty rate in some 15 years, to 11.3 percent today, is a huge achievement. We are confident that Indonesia will continue its enviable pace of poverty reduction and lift more people out of poverty.”
Dr. Kim will be accompanied by Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank East Asia and Pacific Regional Vice President; Rodrigo A. Chaves, World Bank Country Director for Indonesia; Vivek Pathak, Director, International Finance Corporation; and Sarvesh Suri, Country Manager for Indonesia, International Finance Corporation.
Dr. Kim will speak at the University of Indonesia’s Central Jakarta campus on May 21. He will also have press availability after meetings with the President and Vice President. Details will be shared with members of the media in due course.