• JIS News

    Regional Vice President of the World Bank, Pamela Cox, arrived in the island on (January 28), for a two-day working visit.
    Miss Cox met today with Prime Minister Bruce Golding; Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw; Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wesley Hughes, and Financial Secretary, Colin Bullock, at Jamaica House.
    She also toured a World Bank-funded school, the Green Park School in Sandy Bay, Clarendon, then met with Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) beneficiaries at the Sandy Bay health centre. The programme is supported by the World Bank. Mrs. Cox will also visit an HIV/AIDS project site at the Slipe Pen Road Comprehensive Health Centre and an inner city project in the Jones Town/Craig Town community, where she will participate in a discussion.
    Later in the evening, the Vice President will attend a reception hosted by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston. Also slated to attend will be government officials and Heads of diplomatic missions.
    Mrs. Cox, who has been Vice President since January 2005, will wrap up her visit on Wednesday (January 30), with a breakfast meeting with private sector representatives, followed by a meeting with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society. She leaves the island in the afternoon for Barbados.
    The Vice President co-ordinates the activities of more than 700 staff working in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and oversees a portfolio of more than $16.6 billion in loans, grants, and credits. She has guided a strategic shift to reposition the Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean region as a key development partner among a diverse landscape of client countries, which seek a myriad of knowledge and financial services in an ever-changing environment.
    The World Bank serves 31 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and has become a trusted partner in the region by helping the countries confront the twin challenges of reducing high levels of poverty and inequality, while increasing economic growth and improving infrastructure in order to better compete in the global market.

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