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World Bank executive directors to visit Zambia

Time Posted: February 17, 2013 6:15 pm
World bank building in Washington

World bank building in Washington

The World Bank recognises Zambia’s steady economic growth and the country’s desire to fully attain Middle Income Status by 2030.

To this effect, a nine-man delegation of Word Bank Executive Directors is scheduled to visit Zambia today as part of their familiarization with developmental opportunities, ongoing projects, and implementation challenges the country faces.

According to a statement from World Bank communications specialist Jumbe Ngoma and Ministry of Finance public relations officer Chileshe Kandeta, the team would also make an on the spot assessment of how well the Bank could be more responsive.

Speaking on behalf of other Executive Directors ahead of their arrival, Overall Coordinator of the group Ruud Treffers, said the delegation was in Zambia to learn first hand the key priorities that would contribute to the country’s development objectives.

“We are therefore coming to Zambia to learn first-hand from Government and the people of Zambia about the country’s key priorities, challenges and opportunities that will contribute to the country achieving its development objectives,” he said.

Commenting on the visit of the 19-man delegation, Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba said the World Bank, with which Zambia enjoys a warm partnership in development, has been an all-weather friend.

“We are pleased by the confidence the World Bank Executive Directors have shown by coming to Zambia so that they see for themselves the immense opportunities at our disposal and the difference the Bank’s work could make in accelerating delivery of outcomes that will effectively touch the lives of our people through employment creation and poverty reduction,” he said.

While in Zambia, the Executive Directors will hold developmental talks with the Government with scheduled meetings with Vice-President Guy Scott and Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, the private sector, and other stakeholders.

The team will also visit several World Bank funded projects including the Kalingalinga Water and Sanitation Project, the Zambeef-Novatek Project, Choma Dairy Association, the Mukuni Park Trust and the One Stop Shop in Livingstone.

The delegation would also visit Kaleya Small Holdings in Mazabuka to learn how small-scale farmers are utilizing private sector service providers, as well as irrigation development.

The team would also visit the communities of Sekute Resettlement in Namapande, Kazungula, who were displaced by floods along the banks of the Zambezi River.

The Executive Directors are part of the 25-member Board of the World Bank Group which oversees the general operations of the global development institution.

The Executive Directors of the World Bank Group represent the interests of member countries to the Bank’s Board and the Bank’s Management, as well as the interests of the Bank to the country or group of countries that we represent.

They are also responsible for the conduct of the general operations of the Bank.

The team would be led by Mr. Denny Kalyalya representing Zambia, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia (informally), South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The delegation comprises: Mr. Piero Cipollone representing Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, San Marino and Timor-Leste; Mr. Mansur Muhtar representing Nigeria, Angola and South Africa; Mr. Ian Solomon representing the United States of America; Mr. Roberto Tan representing The Philippines, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

Others are Mr Treffers representing the Netherlands, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Israel, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Ukraine.

The rest are Mr. John Whitehead representing Australia, Cambodia, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu; Mr. Bin Han representing China; and Mr. Wilhelm Rissmann representing Germany.

14 Comments

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    flag Goverment Inspector says: Goverment Inspector
    February 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm |

    I hope they will be able meet the people not the politicians

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      flag Nostradamus says: Nostradamus
      February 18, 2013 at 4:23 am |

      Wrong time to visit, the hosts are in Livingston campaigning for a son-of-a-white-tourist.
      And I didn’t know Bob Sichinga was demoted to be minister of fish. Who is commerce minister now?

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    flag . says: .
    February 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm |

    What?? we have not settled some loans or they want to look @ the prof.chilwas railway design??

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    flag KALINSO MUBUKWANU says: KALINSO MUBUKWANU
    February 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm |

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WORLD BANK BOARD FOR COMING TO ZAMBIA. THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY NOT KNOW, THE WORLD BANK HAS BEEN BEHIND ALL THE REFORMS IN TRANSFORMING THE ZAMBIAN ECONOMY FROM 100% PUBLIC LED TO A POSITION WHERE WE ARE TODAY 25% PUBLIC LED???. THE BOOMING ECONOMY WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE APPROPRIATE AND TIMELY INTERVENTIONS OF THE WORLD BANK. I AM GLAD SECRETARY YAMBA ACKNOWLEDGES THE GOOD ROLE PLAYED BY THE WORLD BANK. I AM ALSO GLAD THAT DANNY IS REPRESENTING US WELL ON THE BOARD. HOWEVER, LET US ALSO RECOGNIZE MANY PEOPLE LIKE GEDION NKOJO, ELLAH CHEMBE, CHILESHE, SIKAZWE, PENZA (MHSRIEP), PROF. MWEENE, MTONGA (MHSRIEP), CHIBANDA, AND MANY OTHERS, WHO SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED POLICY DIRECTION, IMPLEMENTATION AND ALSO MADE MANY PAINFUL BUT NECESSARY DECISIONS WHEN NEEDED.

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      flag . says: .
      February 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm |

      Man those chaps are here to milk us, they are serious business men. Profit is their game, they are after something

  4. vote
    flag Nubian Princess says: Nubian Princess
    February 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm |

    For more exploitation and plunder

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    flag Goncalves says: Goncalves
    February 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm |

    They should be told that the Ministry of Finance is a Family business. The Finance Minister, his Deputy and Treasury Secretary are all relatives of the occupant of Old Colonial Governor’s mansion aka Plot One!

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    flag Levi says: Levi
    February 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm |

    May all well meaning Zambians stand up and be counted.. Let’s unite and develop our country…HH and Nevers a selfish chaps. We only have one Zambia remember.?

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      flag Goncalves says: Goncalves
      February 18, 2013 at 6:56 am |

      You must be a beneficiary of Sata’s nepotism and tribalism! You should be ashamed of yourself!

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      flag kokoliko says: kokoliko
      February 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm |

      gonclave you must have a very big problem with your ancestors,it seems your under 5 pays you ngwees for you to protect him that much anyway let me advise you correctly cause it seems you are still leaving in the past were you dont even understand statistics
      1.after the late mazoka upnd has not being diong fine
      2.the highest your under 5 can get during the general election is third and you expect him to do well with the 50% +1 work up you ********
      3.dont expose your exponential idiocy to the well meaning bloggers learn to be advised you quack…

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    flag Robin says: Robin
    February 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm |

    They can learn something about how our economy keeps growing when the rest of the world is in trouble (recession).

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  8. vote
    flag Meek Mill says: Meek Mill
    February 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm |

    They are here for our resources. These people why take from us we also want such a building in every town

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    flag Lameck Silwimba says: Lameck Silwimba
    February 18, 2013 at 2:37 am |

    Stick 2 Zambian solutions in those closed door meetings.Dont sale the country by accepting everything they will say.Otherwise, they ar here to look for more tax avoidance.We nid windfall tax in order to erect a standard building like theirs in Zambia.The building above is our copper.What do we have to show on the copperbelt in comparison to that building,nothing but only holes after mining activities.Watch out,be patrotic and objective in those meetings.Read between the lines,they have seen light at the end of a tunnel somewhere in the country.

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    flag Whitehead says: Whitehead
    February 18, 2013 at 11:44 pm |

    Bankers have one disease, they are just too much OPTIMISTIC

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