The President of the World Bank Group, Dr Jim Yong Kim, will arrive in Ghana today, as part of a mission which will also take him to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the three countries most affected by Ebola.
In Ghana, Dr Kim will meet with President John Mahama and government officials to discuss Ghana’s economic challenges and the important role of key stakeholders, such as development partners, the private sector and civil society, in addressing them.
He will also convey the World Bank Group’s appreciation to President Mahama for Ghana’s leadership role in co-ordinating the regional Ebola response.
Dr Kim will also participate in a roundtable with a group of private business leaders active in the West African sub-region on the overall impact of Ebola on private businesses, particularly, small and medium enterprises.
It is estimated that the total cost of Ebola to the economy of sub-Saharan Africa is between $3 and $4 billion.
He will also meet with officials of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to discuss in-depth plans for accelerating and decentralising the response.
Joining Dr Kim on the trip will be Jin-Yong Cai, the Executive Vice-President of the IFC; Makhtar Diop, the Vice-President for Africa, and Tim Evans, Senior Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice.
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