World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim
World Bank Prexy Cites Liberia As Fragile State Making Progress
MONROVIA, October 10 (LI NA) - World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim has mentioned Liberia as making progress in its rebuilding process, but noted that the gains were eroded in the wake of the recent Ebola epidemic because of the country's fragility and lack of emergency preparedness.
He stressed that for the global community to realize the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, efforts must be made to assist fragile and mid-level income countries to develop the capacity for adequate emergency response preparedness.
Kim was speaking at the High-Level Panel, which deliberated on the theme: "Preventing Violent Conflict Through Development," as a major highlight of the 2016 World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings held October 7-9 in Washington.
Other panelists at the forum, moderated by BBC International Affairs Correspondent Kim Ghattas, were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson; Norwegian Foreign Minister
Borge Brende; and Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed.
According to a dispatch from the Embassy of Liberia in the United States, international music superstar Bono of the legendary U2 rock band, a leading global crusader for the world's poor, also spoke as a panelist by video.
Dr. Kim said the high-level panel was convened to get the thoughts of world leaders, who are making positive impact in the world in their respective capacities, regarding how fragile and mid-level income countries can be supported in emergency preparedness to ensure sustainable peace and progress.
The World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings are attended by finance ministers and central bank governors representing some 189 member countries.
Liberia's Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima S. Kamara, and Governor Milton A. Weeks of the Central Bank of Liberia, were in Washington for the WBG/IMF Meetings, also attended the High-Level Panel event.