In his first visit to North Africa and the Middle East, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is to arrive in Tunisia tomorrow, January 23, to discuss ways to improve the institution’s role in the transitional period that Tunisia has been living since the popular uprising of 2011.
According to a press release issued by the World Bank, Kim will meet with representatives of the Tunisian government, including the prime minister and heads of the ruling Troïka coalition, activists in the fields of transparency and women’s rights, unionists, and business leaders. The visit aims at evaluating the World Bank’s role in the region in terms of reinforcing economic development and reducing unemployment. Kim will be accompanied by a high-level delegation from the World Bank as well.
“Two years ago this month the Tunisian people captured the world’s attention by setting off the revolutions that became known as the Arab Spring,” said Kim. “The Tunisian people showed the world not only their courage, but also the universal need for government accountability, transparency, and equity. I look forward to hearing directly from the Tunisian people and leaders about their progress toward these goals.”
On November 27, 2012, the World Bank announced the approval of a $500 million loan to Tunisia, which aimed at shoring up reforms in the business environment, financial sector, social services, and transparent governance.