The World Bank’s Managing Director of Operations, Anna Bjerde, is set to arrive Nigeria for a pivotal two-day engagement in an unprecedented visit scheduled for February 6, 2024.
According to a statement from the bank, this marks her inaugural trip to Nigeria in her current role, symbolizing a significant stride in the World Bank’s deepening involvement with Nigeria’s developmental trajectory.
Bjerde’s visit focuses on key pillars of Nigeria’s development strategy, encompassing macroeconomic and fiscal policies, energy access, digital infrastructure enhancement, and skill development.
The statement reads, “World Bank Managing Director of Operations, Anna Bjerde, will begin a two-day visit to Nigeria on February 06, 2024.
“Ms. Bjerde will use the visit —her first to Nigeria as Managing Director of Operations— to further the World Bank’s engagement with Nigeria on critical aspects of the country’s development agenda, including macroeconomic and fiscal policy, energy access, digital infrastructure, and skills.
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“She will participate in a meeting of Western and Central Africa Ministers of Finance co-hosted by the Government of Nigeria and the World Bank.
“At the meeting, Ms. Bjerde will discuss the ambitious regional development priorities and how additional International Development Association (IDA) resources can further support countries to “leap forward” and attain sustainable growth, jobs, and development.
“While in Nigeria, Ms. Bjerde will hold bilateral meetings with the Hon. Minister of Finance, Mr. Olawale Edun, the Hon. Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Olayemi Cardoso. She will host a roundtable discussion with private sector leaders in the energy and digital sectors.”