Rwanda and Benin yesterday expressed support for the candidature of Dr. Jim Yong Kim as President of the World Bank Group for a second term, as President Patrice Talon of Benin met with President Paul Kagame during an official visit to Rwanda.
Both governments recognize the achievements of Dr. Kim during the last four years.
The statement released by the government of Rwanda indicates that Dr. Kim has been supported for efforts to make the World Bank a partner of choice for African countries.
"The Bank has provided significant development support in key sectors of priority to Africa including health, energy, infrastructure, social protection, urbanization, environment, agriculture and education,"reads part of the statement.
"Dr Kim’s continued leadership of the World Bank will consolidate gains achieved in our countries and foster even greater collaboration to end poverty and improve livelihoods,"adds the statement.
Under Dr. Kim’s leadership, the Bank has shown unwavering commitment to stabilization and progress of the Great Lakes Region through regional projects bringing together governments and the private sector.
The Bank also took the lead in the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, through a multinational, multifaceted and localized approach.