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2017 Spring Meetings Opening Press Conference: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am ET/ 12:30 – 13:30 GMT
Location: International Monetary Fund & Online

Unleashing Productivity – The Key to Sustaining Inclusive Growth

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am ET/ 13:30 – 15:00 GMT
Location: JB-1-080

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Wanted: Entrepreneurs to help end poverty


In many developing countries, governments struggle to reach people living in extreme poverty and bring them into the formal economy. But even in the toughest places, a special kind of entrepreneur is doing what governments often can’t.

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Jim Kim Live: Rethinking Development Finance

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm (London) /17:30 – 19:00 GMT/ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Location: London School of Economics, London

In a speech ahead of the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will address the need for a new approach to development finance to meet the aspirations of the world’s 7 billion people and make this generation the first in history to end extreme poverty.

Time is Money: Transforming Dar es Salaam’s Road Transport to Reduce Dense Traffic


  • World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Tanzanian President John Magufuli unveiled the foundation stone for the Ubongo Interchange, which will ease transportation bottlenecks and help businesses.
  • The interchange is supported by a $225 million concessional credit from the International Development Association (IDA), in addition to an IDA Scale-up Facility Credit of $200 million.
  • Under the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit system, roundtrip travel time on the corridor was reduced by 90 minutes a day, saving commuters 16 days of sitting in traffic.

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World Bank Group Announces Record $57 Billion for Sub-Saharan Africa

Funds will scale up investments and de-risk private sector participation for accelerated growth and development

BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 19, 2017— Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a record $57 billion in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years. Kim then left on a trip to Rwanda and Tanzania to emphasize the Bank Group’s support for the entire region.

The bulk of the financing – $45 billion – will come from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries. The financing for Sub-Saharan Africa also will include an estimated $8 billion in private sector investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the Bank Group, and $4 billion in financing from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, its non-concessional public sector arm.

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Every Day We Need to Take Action to Be Bold for Change

Every Day We Need to Take Action to Be Bold for Change | Jim Kim | Pulse | LinkedInJim Kim Speech

The first Women’s Day was organized in 1909 to protest working conditions for women in New York City’s garment industry. It has since grown into a global movement to advance women’s equality, commemorated every year on International Women’s Day.

What was true more than a century ago holds true today: no country, organization or economy can achieve its potential without the full and equal participation of women and men. Eliminating barriers that discriminate against women not only leads to economic growth, it also benefits men and boys, families, businesses, and entire communities.

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Education for Growth and Prosperity: A Keynote Speech by President Jim Yong Kim

World Bank Group President Jim Yong KimWorld Government Summit, Dubai, United Jim Kim SpeechArab Emirates

Good afternoon, your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

I am grateful to the people of the United Arab Emirates and to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for inviting me again to this year’s World Government Summit.

I can’t think of a more fitting place than Dubai to give this speech.

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Guide to 2016 Annual Meetings


Ministers from 189 countries meet in Washington the week of October 3 for the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings. We’re streaming 22 events, with more than 10 in multiple languages, on themes including the need for global cooperation to address risks, encourage trade and economic growth. Watch World Bank Live on Monday as World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim sets out his vision for ending extreme poverty. On Tuesday, Oxfam International’s Winnie Byanyima and World Bank experts discuss a just-released report on poverty and inequality. New World Bank Chief Economist Paul Romer and Kim talk about the challenges facing global development on Wednesday. On Thursday, heads of state and ministers join Kim at the Human Capital Summit and make commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition in children in their countries. Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and other high-level panelists discuss progress on financial inclusion, along with de-risking efforts by banks that could reverse it. Here is a preview of what you can expect.

Here is a guide to all the World Bank Annual Meeting Live Streaming events

We will be publishing the Live events on a daily basis.