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President Kagame Opens World Bank–IFC Management Field Training


In Rwanda:
Rogers Kayihura
Email: rkayihura@worldbank.org
Phone: +250 591 303

Belinda Mutesi
Email: bmutesi@ifc.org
Phone: +250 591 354


Kigali, September 14, 2008—His Excellency President Paul Kagame today opened a weeklong training program being held in Kigali for World Bank and IFC country directors and managers from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

The program is intended to provide management and leadership learning in the context of the World Bank Group's organizational strategy and the rapidly changing needs of client countries. This week's program marks the first time such management program is held in a country office.

Rwanda has been selected as the site because it offers an excellent case study of a government undergoing rapid change that the World Bank and IFC managers can learn from.

"Rwanda is the right place to hold this program since increased and improved operations in Africa is at the center of World Bank and IFC strategies for increasing our development impact" said Jean Philippe Prosper, IFC Director for Eastern and Sothern Africa. "Today Rwanda demonstrates both the promise and the challenge that development institutions face in supporting a country committed to reform and improve lives for its people".

As the World Bank is undergoing decentralization of its staff, the program presents an opportunity to get feedback on how the World Bank can better serve its client countries. President Kagame and other government officials are expected to discuss issues around how financing can be delivered in a rapidly changing environment and that meet the needs of a developing country like Rwanda.

The work of the World Bank and IFC in Rwanda supports infrastructure and competitiveness (such as transport, energy, water and sanitation, and information and communications technologies), leasing, education, entrepreneurship, investment climate and mobilizing direct investments in areas such as agribusiness, financial markets, infrastructure, and tourism. During the past two fiscal years, IFC has made more than $25 million in new investments in Rwanda. At the end of FY08, the World Bank's Rwanda portfolio consisted of 12 projects with net commitment of $374 million.

About the World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world. Together they provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, fosters sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment, mobilizing private capital in local and international financial markets, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. IFC's vision is that poor people should have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives. In FY07, IFC committed $8.2 billion and mobilized an additional $3.9 billion through syndications and structured finance for 299 investments in 69 developing countries. IFC also provided advisory services in 97 countries. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.