Mr. Makhtar Diop
The World Bank’s Vice-President for Africa, Mr. Makhtar Diop, would be in Nigeria on January 13 for his first official visit to the country since he assumed his new position in May, 2012.
This was disclosed in a statement signed Thursday by the Communication Associate/External Affairs, Africa Region (AFRSC) World Bank, Mr. Bamidele Oladokun.
Oladokun said Diop would also use the opportunity to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and discuss economic and governance issues before departing for Washington on January15.
He said: “During his stay, he will hold discussions with key government officials, development donors, civil society organisations and youth leaders. He will also meet the Nigerian and international media at a press conference late Tuesday afternoon.
“The Vice-President’s visit will afford him a first-hand opportunity to better understand Nigeria’s development opportunities and challenges, and how the country plays a major leadership role in West Africa.”
Diop, a former Finance Minister of Senegal, and former World Bank Country Director for Kenya, and later Brazil, replaced the Nigeria’s Oby Ezekwesili as the World Bank Vice-President for Africa on May 12, 2012.
He is expected to visit some World Bank-financed development projects in education in order to see the bank’s work in action, as well as how best to make its assistance more efficient and responsive to the country’s development needs.