The Importance of Infrastructure for Economic Growth, Jobs, and Access to Markets and Services in Solomon Islands

HONIARA, February 28, 2014 – This week, I attended the G20 meetings in Australia, where I spoke repeatedly, and fervently, about the need to invest in infrastructure for job creation and economic growth.  I was adamant that this is central to achieving the World Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity. Sigue leyendo

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World Bank Group Announces up to US$1.2 Billion in Support for Tunisia in 2014

TUNIS, February 28, 2014 – World Bank Regional Vice President for the Middle East and North AfricaInger Andersen announced today a US$1.2 billion program of support for the democratic transition in Tunisia. The announcement came at the end of a three-day visit to Tunisia to consult with government officials, civil society and the private sector on how best to seize upon the momentum established by the adoption of the country’s new constitution. Sigue leyendo

KOSID — Workshop on Sustainable Energy Options

Dear Ministers Ismajli and Agani,

Dear Member of Parliament Ymeri,

Dear representatives of Government, state institutions, Kosovo Energy Corporation, development partners, and media,

Dear organizers, ladies, and gentlemen,

It is a vision as much as a fundamental requirement for Kosovo’s socio-economic development—energy that is available consistently, energy that remains affordable in a country with high rates of unemployment and poverty, and energy that is generated within the stringent environmental constraints defined by the EU. Supply options, price effects, alternative energy mixes, environmental impacts, the potential of integrating renewable sources of energy, including required steps and policy reforms to make that happen, the need to reduce distribution losses—, Kosovo has been debating these interrelated topics for years to find an energy consensus and a shared view and attempt to square the circle among competing objectives. There is no disagreement on what Kosovo wants and needs (secure, affordable, clean energy), and there is no disagreement on what it does not want (continued power outages, electricity prices beyond the means of citizens, residents, and firms, and the continued pollution from electricity generation). Sigue leyendo

Food Loss and Waste a Barrier to Poverty Reduction

Global Food Prices Continue to Decline, but at Slower Pace

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2014 — The world loses or wastes one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the latest issue of the World Bank’s quarterly Food Price Watch citing FAO and World Resources Institute estimatesIn regions rife with undernourishment, such as Africa and South Asia, this shocking loss translates to 400 to 500 calories per person, per day—and up to 1520 calories in the developed world. Sigue leyendo