BEIJING, May 11, 2017—World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14 and 15 in Beijing.
Dr. Kim will participate in a Leaders’ Roundtable chaired by President Xi Jinping. Heads of state and government leaders from 28 countries and heads and representatives from 61 international organizations will participate in the Forum. Topics to be discussed include ways to boost connectivity cooperation and pursue interconnected development, and how the Belt and Road initiative can deliver greater benefits to the people in participating countries. Dr. Kim will also attend a high-level dialogue plenary session with foreign leaders and heads of international organizations, and a thematic session on financial connectivity.
During the Forum, Dr. Kim will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Minister of Finance Xiao Jie and heads of several multilateral development banks to collaborate on matters of common interest under the Belt and Road Initiative.
In Beijing, Dr. Kim will meet Premier Li Keqiang to discuss global economic issues, financing for development, and the World Bank Group’s support to China’s growth and reform.
Dr. Kim will be accompanied by Yang Shaolin, Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Administrative Officer; Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank East Asia and Pacific Regional Vice President; Karin Finkelston, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group; Bert Hofman, World Bank Country Director for China, Mongolia and Korea; and Vivek Pathak, Director for the East Asia and Pacific Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.