World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Hartwig Schafer, on Sunday, will arrive in Dhaka to discuss the issues related to the partnership between Bangladesh and the WB Group.
The WB official will also discuss with the government the topics related to Rohingya crisis.
Lauding Bangladesh for its fast growing economy despite facing many challenges, Schafer said, “Other countries can learn from Bangladesh’s many development innovations and successes. I look forward to meet our partners and see firsthand the country’s journey to economic growth.”
He also praised the country as it has shown great generosity by sheltering nearly one million Rohingya people.
“The World Bank is working closely with the government to help address the needs of the Rohingya until their safe return to Myanmar and help build the country’s capacity to deal with the crisis.”
During the visit, Schafer will visit the Rohingya camps and meet with local government officials, civil society and non-governmental organization representatives in Cox’s Bazar.
The World Bank has mobilized up to $400 million on grant terms to help Bangladesh deal with the crisis.
It has approved the first two operations – totaling about $75 million in grants – to provide health services and education to the Rohingyas, many of whom are children, youth or women.
Schafer will also meet with senior government officials, including the finance minister, the water resource minister as well as the private sector and civil society leaders.
He will participate in the launch of a new World Bank report, “South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards.”
He will also visit a World Bank supported project, which is upgrading a unit in the Ghorashal power station to more than double the unit’s electricity generation capacity.