World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to visit Haiti on two-day tour


Jim Yong Kim arrives at the Finance Ministry in the Brazilian capital for an audience with Finance Minister Guido Mantega on April 5.



World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is visiting Haiti on Tuesday for a two-day tour of the region.

Kim will meet with Haiti's leaders, including President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, to discuss how the World Bank can help the country with reconstruction and long-term development projects in the wake of the 2010 earthquake and the more recent damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the Caribbean Journal reported

"I chose to come to Haiti well before the hurricane to underscore the priority that I give to this country and to the fight against poverty around the world,"  Kim said in a press release.

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"While there has been much progress in the rebuilding of Haiti, the country's reconstruction and development will require a sustained effort for a long time. We are committed to supporting Haiti as it moves from emergency reconstruction to economic development in order to create new opportunities for all," he added. 

It will be the World Bank head's first visit to Latin America since he took office on July 1st, Haiti Libre reported.

He will be accompanied by World Bank VP for Latin America and the Caribbean Hasan Tuluy; Jin-Yong Cai, the recently appointed Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Finance Corporation; and Michel Wormser, Vice-President and CEO of the Bank s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, according to the Caribbean Journal.