BUCHAREST, April 13, 2022 – Today, World Bank Group President David Malpass met with President Klaus Iohannis of Romania. President Malpass commended Romania’s humanitarian support to Ukrainian refugees displaced by the Russian invasion. President Malpass noted that this year marks thirty years of partnership between the World Bank Group (WBG) and Romania, and reaffirmed the WBG’s commitment to continue supporting Romania’s development path, particularly focusing on human capital and supporting education.
President Malpass and President Iohannis discussed the overlapping global crises affecting Romania and the world, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, COVID-19, and rising food and energy prices. President Malpass detailed the WBG’s financial support for Ukraine and Moldova, including yesterday’s announcement of additional operations.
President Malpass and President Iohannis also spoke about the energy sector in Romania and the importance of integrating climate and development goals as the country diversifies its energy mix. President Malpass noted that the World Bank plans to prepare a Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR) for Romania next year.
President Malpass expressed his gratitude to President Iohannis for Romania’s commitment to contribute to IDA20. President Malpass highlighted the benefits of private sector-led growth, noting the importance of increased competition. President Malpass and President Iohannis also discussed Romania’s implementation of EU funding under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).