World Bank Head Seeks Opportunities To Build Relationship With Jamaica

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Newly appointed president of the World Bank, Ajay Banga, says the entity is looking at opportunities to strengthen its relationship with Jamaica.

Speaking with journalists at a site visit in Manchester, Mr. Banga said preliminary discussions have started with Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke regarding possible areas of focus. 

“The most important thing that came out to me was investing in people – education. He spoke about education, I would say, not once, not twice, but four, five times. What he means by education obviously is primary education, early stages, but also at the right time, the right kind of skilling for people that makes sense with the job opportunities that should come up in Jamaica,” he reasoned.

He said the parties also discussed the digitization of the population and the government, in addition to talks on bringing the cost of electricity down. 

“Electricity at an affordable price is the starting point of development,” he noted. 

The new World Bank head said climate resilience was another critical area in the discussions.

Mr. Banga is the first World Bank president to visit Jamaica officially in the 60-year history of relations between Jamaica and the multilateral agency.

His visit is part of his global impact tour, now through to December.

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