World Bank chief to visit India

Saturday, March 09, 2013
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
[FILE PHOTO: Simone D. McCourtie /World Bank/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]
Washington/New Delhi: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim will be on three–day visit to India starting from March 11.

Kim aims to see firsthand some of the development challenges India faces as well as the opportunities it could exploit to achieve faster economic growth and a quicker reduction in poverty.

While in India, the World Bank chief will discuss India’s major initiatives to foster equitable growth at his meetings with leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society. He will meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi.

This will be Kim’s first visit to India after taking over as President of the World Bank last July.

The World Bank Group President visits India at a time when it is rapidly urbanizing, with 10 million Indians moving every year into towns and cities from the rural hinterland. Kim will visit a village in Uttar Pradesh to gain insights into the realities of rural life that might compel migration to towns and cities.
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