WORLD Bank managing director Sri Mulyani Indrawati is next week expected in the country for a two-day official visit. Dr Indrawati will be in Zambia from March 20 to 22, and proceed to Liberia afterwards.
During her visit to Zambia, she will meet Government officials, representatives of civil society organisations and the private sector.In an interview, World Bank communications specialist Jumbe Ngoma said Zambia has made strides in its economy, adding that the smooth political transition of power from the MMD to the Patriotic Front (PF) is attracting international attention from world leaders.
Mr Ngoma said Dr Indrawati will discuss recent economic developments, governance and job creation with senior Government officials. Other issues on the agenda are challenges of economic diversification, inclusive growth and the bank’s support to Zambia.
Dr Indrawati joined the bank in June 2000 and is responsible for the institution’s operations in all regions.
She previously served as Indonesia’s Minister of Finance in addition to being the coordinating minister ofeconomic affairs.
During that time, she guided the economic policy in one of the largest countries in Southern Asia, and one of the biggest states in the world, navigating successfully the global economic crisis, implementing key reforms, fighting corruption and earning the respect of her peers across the world.
She is credited with helping to steer Indonesia through the challenging but successful transition from autocracy to democracy. She led the Indonesian National Development planning agency prior to her position as Finance Minister.
During that time, she coordinated government and international reconstruction efforts following the devastating 2004 tsunami. Dr Indrawati has also served as executive director at the International Monetary Fund, faculty member at the University of Indonesia and a visiting professor at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.
Dr Indrawati has received numerous honours and awards, including Euromoney Magazine’s Global Finance Minister of the Year and Emerging Markets Best Finance Minister in Asia./DAILY MAIL