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PRESS RELEASE April 26, 2019

World Bank Group President David Malpass to Visit Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Mozambique

First Overseas Trip as Head of Global Development Institution

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2019 - World Bank Group President David Malpass will take his first overseas trip as head of the global development institution and his first trip to Africa since assuming leadership of the organization on April 9, 2019.  

Mr. Malpass will focus his visit on the World Bank Group’s work with African countries in promoting economic stability and building resilience; the institution’s support to the world’s poorest countries through the International Development Association; and the potential of private sector partnerships to attract and build the resources necessary to help people reach their development goals.  

During his visit, Mr. Malpass will meet with leaders and other stakeholders in Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Mozambique, and will visit several World Bank Group-funded projects in each of the countries. In Mozambique, he will visit the city of Beira, which was heavily impacted by Cyclone Idai in March 2019.

“The World Bank Group’s mission is more urgent than ever - by 2030, nearly 9 in 10 extreme poor will reside in sub-Saharan Africa. I have chosen the African continent for my first official visit as World Bank Group President, recognizing the difficult challenges for leaders in promoting economic growth, security, and good governance” said World Bank Group President David Malpass. “We must increase Africa’s development momentum to foster broad-based growth, raise median incomes, create jobs, tackle climate resilience, and incorporate women and young people in economies. I am looking forward to hearing from government leaders, private sector representatives – and directly from the people of Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Mozambique – on how the Bank Group can further assist in meeting these challenges.”


WHO:               David Malpass, President, World Bank Group

DATES:           Monday, April 29, 2019 – Friday, May 3, 2019



In Washington:
David Theis
+1 (202) 458-8626
In Madagascar:
Diana Styvanley
+ (261) 320500127
In Ethiopia and in Mozambique:
Gelila Woodeneh (Ethiopia) and Rafael Saute (Mozambique)
+(251) 115176000 and +(258) 21482944
gwoodeneh@worldbank.org; rsaute@worldbank.org