Webinar April 9th – COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

Working toward a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery

At the close of the 2021 Spring Meetings, the Development Committee stressed that strong international coordination is urgently needed to contain the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, resume progress toward development goals, and lay the groundwork for green, resilient, and inclusive development.

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WBG/IMF Spring Meeting Webinar Recap

 

Economic Recovery: Toward a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Future

As countries rebuild their economies after COVID-19, it is fundamental that they see this as a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for a green, resilient, and inclusive future. These efforts were the theme of the event kicking off the Spring Meetings on Tuesday, Economic Recovery: Toward a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Future.

2021 Spring Meetings Opening Press Conference

World Bank Group President David Malpass will address the press during the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund 2021 Virtual Spring Meetings. He will share his views on the key outcomes from the Development Committee, as well as the G20 discussions. He will also report on the World Bank Group’s response to the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This year, due to the coronavirus, the Management of the IMF and World Bank Group and their Executive Boards are adapting the 2021 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings to a virtual format. 

Website: The World Bank Group’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rethinking Debt: Financing the Future Amid Crisis

On April 7th, the World Bank invited several leading experts to explore perspectives on a new global financial architecture for debt. Speakers discussed lessons from past restructuring efforts, the private sector’s role, and the increased need for debt transparency.

 
 

 

eC2: Consultancy for supporting sustainable development of aquaculture in Vietnam

Deadline:    19-Apr-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The preparation of a new IBRD project: Sustainable Fisheries Development Project (SFDP) is underway. One of the key objectives of SFDP is to help achieve sustainable intensification of aquaculture (shrimp aquaculture/mariculture) to overcome sectoral challenges, such as limited application of good aquaculture practice (GAP), disease outbreaks and low productivity. In this context, the objective of the consultancy is to provide recommendations for enhancing sustainability of Vietnams aquaculture industry under SFDP and beyond, focusing on the following four priority areas: 1) Improving shrimp aquaculture value chain (facilitating adoption of advanced technology, compliance with certifications, and effective support provision to small-scale farmers); 2) Modeling the carbon/environmental footprint of different shrimp aquaculture models; 3) Conducting a SWOT analysis for mariculture species (mollusks and crustaceans); and 4) Providing inputs into governments FS of SFDP. The assignment would be conducted by a firm or a team of experts, including at a minimum: a) team leader/international aquaculture expert; and b) shrimp aquaculture value chain expert; c) environmental management expert; and d) mariculture expert.

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Webinar April 9th – COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

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The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries is critical to protecting lives, building human capital, and stimulating economic recovery. The current crisis is exacerbating inequalities throughout the world and, without access to vaccines, the gap will widen further. Ensuring developing countries can access, as well as safely distribute vaccines, calls for strong partnership and cooperation at the national, regional & global levels. This event will explore:  

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eC2: Conducting an Analysis of the Policy, Legal and Regulatory Landscape of the Inland Waterways Sector in Ukraine

Deadline:  15-Apr-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) 

IFC is looking to hire a Consultant (firm) to carry out an assessment of the regulatory conditions regarding the inland waterways (IWW) sector in Ukraine. The objective of this activity is to analyze how national and sector-level policies, legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks are affecting the workings of the sector at an operational level, its development, growth, its overall competitiveness and its ability to attract investments. The key is to establish if the current policy and regulatory landscape is hindering investments, if so, in what ways and in what areas, and to propose specific recommendations to remove the identified barriers. The assessment will include both a holistic analysis of the regulatory environment of IWW sector and will deep-dive into its constituent markets separately: the inland waterways network, the river fleet (freight and auxiliary), infrastructure (docks, anchorages, navigable canals in water areas, navigable locks, fairways, signaling systems, etc.), service infrastructure (river ports, river terminals), navigation and surveillance.

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A Roadmap for Building the Digital Future of Food and Agriculture

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  • Fair distribution of data can help ensure fair pay for farmers
  • Digital agriculture can help improve yields and cut down on food loss and waste
  • Digital agriculture allows consumers to choose healthier, more environmentally friendly food

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eC2: Assessment of the off-grid sector in NIGER including Households, productive uses and public facilities

Deadline:    26-Apr-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The proposed activity is to provide the analytical underpinning to inform the design and implementation of household solar off-grid electrification, productive uses of energy and electrification of public facilities in rural areas, including research on the most vulnerable segments of the population (poorest of the poor, women, refugees and host communities). It will also inform the development of an enabling environment for the uptake of studied technologies.

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Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic of Inequality to Build a Green, Inclusive, & Resilient Recovery

‘We have to help countries improve their readiness for future pandemics.’
 

World Bank Group President David Malpass called on the world to move urgently toward opportunities and solutions that achieve a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a speech today that advances the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings.

“Our collective responses to poverty, climate change, and inequality will be the defining choices of our age.”

Mr. Malpass delivered the speech virtually at the London School of Economics; it was followed by a discussion with students, moderated by Baroness Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics.

 
 
 

eC2: Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health sector study

Deadline:     21-Apr-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Health Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, Pakistan, intends to undertake a diagnostic / pre-feasibility study of upto 4 sites across the KP province to develop 300-500 beds hospital(s). The study is expected to evaluate preliminary i) technical and environmental & social viability of the site ii) healthcare service demand and gap iii) investor review and iv) capital and operating cost estimate. IFC intends to appoint a consortium of international and local technical and environmental & social consultant to undertake this study.
The outcome of the study would enable the KP government to undertake the project(s) under Public Private Partnership mode.

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From crisis to resilience: World Bank Group Spring Meetings to focus on helping countries build a green and resilient recovery

The lingering pandemic has dealt the global economy an unprecedented shock, and the recovery is likely to be slow and uneven. The current crisis is exacerbating inequalities throughout the world and, without access to vaccines, the gap will widen further.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has made clear the need to establish a better way to handle the debt-financing needs of developing economies. And for a sustainable future, solutions are most urgently needed in developing countries, where the investment gap is deepest, and people are most disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis. So, what will it take to shape a resilient recovery that works for people and the planet?

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