World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, concluded a three-day visit to Myanmar to assess progress and discuss future support for peace, social inclusion and economic transition, according to the devdiscourse website. During her visit, Vice President Kwakwa met with a range of senior Government officials, diplomats, development partners and other stakeholders in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.
In her meeting with State Counsellor H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the World Bank Vice President commended the Government on the preparation of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, especially the inclusion of a pillar on Peace and Stability. The State Counsellor and the World Bank Vice President emphasized the importance of achieving peace and security as a foundation for inclusive and sustainable development for all communities in Myanmar. Ms. Kwakwa pledged to align World Bank technical and financial support to this vision for Myanmar’s future, according to the report.
Discussion focused on priorities for programming the Bank’s concessional financial support for Myanmar over the next two years, and how this could be used to support peace and social inclusion, including support to enhance the welfare of all communities in Rakhine State and put in place the conditions for safe, voluntary and dignified repatriation of refugees.