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World Bank President to Deliver Public Lecture in Kigali

by Julius Rwakarema
8:40 pm

Visit of UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon and World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim to Rwanda in May. Here they lay wreaths at the Kigali genocide memorial center, May, 23,2013

The World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim is expected in Rwanda for series of high-level meetings including courtesy call President Paul Kagame with whom they will discuss Rwanda’s development achievements and innovations, it was announced Friday.

The two leaders will also discuss the progress made in fostering private sector growth and development, a statement from the WB country office said. He starts the 3-day visit on Tuesday next week.

The World Bank President, a regular guest in Kigali, is scheduled to tour the Muhanga Drone Port based in the southern Rwanda. Dr. Kim will also tour the Special Economic Zone, and the k-lab ICT innovation park.

The World Bank Rwanda portfolio comprises of 10 projects with net commitments of US$802.40 million spread across various sectors: Agriculture (35 percent); Energy (30 percent); Governance (13 percent), Urban (12 percent) and Transport (6 percent).

Dr. Kim is will also be visiting social protection projects. The World Bank chief will also hold meetings with private sector leaders and visit human development and other projects to see how the World Bank Group can help sustain and further strengthen them.

On Wednesday, Dr Kim will deliver a public lecture themed “Addressing today’s challenges for a prosperous future” at The Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali.

Last year in October, Rwanda was the first country to use drone technology at the service of saving lives.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used to deliver various medical services such as blood to patients in need in different hospitals across Rwanda.