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World Bank country director in Jamaica, to meet with Gov't officials

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2013 | 6:14 PM

The new World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean region, Sophie Sirtaine, is currently in Jamaica for meetings with Government officials, private sector representatives, and social partners.

Her visit comes just three weeks after she took over from Françoise Clottes who served as director for the Caribbean region between 2010 and 2013.

Her first meeting will be with Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips to discuss issues related to strengthening the World Bank’s support to Jamaica’s agenda for economic growth and greater global competitiveness.

The World Bank has pledged US$510 million in financing to Jamaica over the next four years, in light of the country’s current deal with the International Monetary Fund.

While in Jamaica, Sirtaine will also talk with business leaders and social partners who collaborated with the Bank to stage KingstOOn, which was Jamaica’s first animation conference in June.

Sirtaine is responsible for maintaining a strong partnership with the governments of 14 countries in order to address their development and financial challenges and support growth opportunities.

She also leads the Bank’s programme support in these countries and oversees the management of the country offices in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Guyana.


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