World Bank chief meets Modi

Dr. Kim is in India to explore ways to support government initiatives on nutrition and renewable energy

June 30, 2016 12:56 pm | Updated November 26, 2021 10:23 pm IST - New Delhi

Photo: @JimYongKim/Twitter

Photo: @JimYongKim/Twitter

World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday as part of the Bank’s efforts to explore ways to support government initiatives on nutrition and renewable energy.

The Bank chief took to Twitter to post a picture of him meeting Mr. Modi.

Dr. Kim, who visited an anganwadi (courtyard shelter) on Wednesday to get a sense of India’s intervention in child nutrition.

The aim of his visit is to review projects and understand first-hand India’s efforts on renewable energy and nutrition, a World Bank statement had said ahead of Dr. Kim’s arrival.

“India is the world’s fastest-growing economy and also home to 26 per cent of the global extreme poor. This means India has a great opportunity to make strong and sustained inroads to reducing poverty and helping lead the world in ending extreme poverty by 2030,” he had said in the statement.

Stating that he was “very impressed” with Mr. Modi’s reforms, he said the visit would explore how the World Bank could provide knowledge and financing to advance his government’s priorities.

“We will do all we can to best support India’s ambitious development agenda,” he added.

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