PM Shmyhal, WB Country Director for Ukraine discuss joint projects

PM Shmyhal, WB Country Director for Ukraine discuss joint projects

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has held a video conference meeting with the newly appointed World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, Mr. Arup Banerji.

According to the Government portal, the PM congratulated Mr. Arup Banerji on his appointment and expressed hope for further constructive cooperation between Ukraine and the World Bank.

“We hope that together we will develop mechanisms to support Ukraine in this difficult period,” Shmyhal said.

During the negotiations, the interlocutors discussed the situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic in Ukraine and the world, the progress of implementation of a number of joint projects between Ukraine and the World Bank aimed at supporting the healthcare sector, the continuation of systemic reforms in Ukraine, the development of urban infrastructure and more. "I want to thank the World Bank for its consistent financial support to Ukraine. The World Bank is one of the largest institutional investors in Ukraine," the PM stressed.

In turn, Mr. Arup Banerji reaffirmed that the World Bank is committed to continue cooperation with Ukraine and support joint projects.

Apart from that, the World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine commended the Ukrainian Prime Minister's proposal for cooperation in the project of fair transformation of coal regions, emphasizing that the World Bank had launched similar programs in Greece and Poland. "We will work together with you and your team," he said.

Shmyhal expressed hope that the joint projects of Ukraine and the World Bank will be fruitful and efficient.

On June 30, the World Bank announced the appointment of Mr. Arup Banerji as Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine.

In this position, Mr. Banerji will lead the Bank’s engagement with governments, stakeholders, and partners in all three countries. He will oversee the delivery and implementation of the pipeline, portfolio, and knowledge products, and guide the future direction of the programs.

Arup Banerji will work with the World Bank’s sister institutions – IFC and MIGA, to strengthen World Bank Group delivery in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.


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