World Bank executive directors to visit Zambia

A delegation of nine World Bank Executive Directors is scheduled to visit Zambia from 19 to 21 February, 2013 as part of their familiarization with developmental opportunities, ongoing projects, and implementation challenges faced by Zambia.

The team will also be making an on the spot assessment of how well the Bank could be more responsive.

Speaking ahead of their arrival on Tuesday and on behalf of other Executive Directors, Mr.Ruud Treffers, Overall Coordinator of the Group says Zambia is recognized as a steady economic growth and has desire to fully attain Middle Income Status by 2030.

Mr. Treffers says the team is coming to Zambia to learn first-hand from government and the people of Zambia about the country%u2019s key priorities, challenges and opportunities that will contribute to the country achieving its developmental objectives.

While in the country, the Executive Directors will hold developmental talks with the Government, the private sector, and other stakeholders.

The team will also visit several World Bank funded projects including the Kalingalinga Water and Sanitation Project, the Zambeef-Novatek Project, Choma Dairy Association, the Mukuni Park Trust and the One Stop Shop in Livingstone.

The delegation will touch base at Kaleya Small Holdings in Mazabuka to learn how small-scale farmers are utilizing private sector service providers, as well as irrigation development.

The team will also visit the communities of Sekute Resettlement in Namapande, Kazungula, who were displaced by floods along the banks of the Zambezi River.

And commenting on the visit, Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba said the World Bank, with which Zambia enjoys a warm partnership in development, has been an all-weather friend.

Mr. Yamba says government is pleased by the confidence the World Bank executive directors have shown by coming to Zambia to see for themselves the immense opportunities and the difference the banks work can make in accelerating delivery of outcomes.

This is contained in a joint statement released to QFM by Ministry of Finance public relations officer Chileshe Kandeta and World Bank Communication Specialist, Jumbe Ngoma.