Cairo, November 12, 2014 - The World
Bank Group’s Senior Director of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice,
Anabel Gonzalez, begins a two-day visit to Egypt today to discuss with
the Egyptian government support to the country’s investment climate and
Ms. Gonzalez is due to hold meetings with senior government officials including
the Minister of Investment, Ashraf Salman, and the Minister of Trade and
Industry, Mounir Abdel Nour. Ms. Gonzalez will also meet representatives
from the private sector.
“Egypt and the World Bank Group have been partners for a long time and
we have shared objectives to leverage Egypt’s competitiveness, attract
local, regional and foreign investment, and create more jobs,” she said.
“Helping our client countries succeed in the areas of trade and competitiveness
is central to achieving the World Bank’s twin goals of eliminating extreme
poverty and promoting shared prosperity.”
The World Bank Group is supporting the government of Egypt in improving
its business environment to spur job creation and economic growth through
reducing the regulatory burden on business and in enhancing business competitiveness.
During this visit the parties will continue dialogue on existing programs
as well as discuss new areas for cooperation.. In particular, discussions
will include support in developing a regulatory reform action plan, simplifying
industrial licensing regime, streamlining procedures for accessing commercial
land, improving investment policy, fostering trade logistics, and supporting
competitive sectors and priority regions of the economy.
Ms. Gonzalez has been Senior Director of the newly established World Bank
Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness since July 1, 2014.
The Practice’s focus is on driving economic growth and job creation by
strengthening competitiveness, increasing trade, promoting investment,
fostering innovation, and promoting entrepreneurship, in partnership with
policymakers and the private sector worldwide.
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