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Statement by H.E. Daniel Kablan Duncan at the 92nd meeting of the Development Committee held on October 10, 2015 (英语)

This is a statement by H.E. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Finance and Budget at the ninety second meeting of the Development Committee held on October 10, 2015. The report notes that the WBG is well structured and well positioned to support the post-2015 development agenda. It points out, in particular, that the twin goal of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity adopted by the World Bank Group in 2013 is in line with the SDGs, and that the Bank’s operating model is well adapted to the needs of its clients. Strengthened dialogue with countries and increased knowledge sharing to support more integrated and innovative development solutions and services across all WBG institutions should help enhance the Bank’s operational effectiveness. The report proposes that the WBG focus on the following four key priorities: (i) crises and fragility, (ii) infrastructure needs, (iii) climate change, and (iv) statistics. There is no doubt that these areas are important to the development of our countries. However, in addition to these four sectors, the report should, in a bid to ensure a greater impact on our most vulnerable population groups, integrate such priorities as growth, employment, health, education, and social protection, which still pose challenges for our countries. The report should also advocate more strongly for a comprehensive and strategic approach to address climate change adaptation and resilience, and underscore the importance of the work done by the World Bank Group in the area of climate change mitigation, in the context of the United Nations agreement. More generally, we believe that the role of the World Bank Group should be one of supporting countries in their efforts to meet the SDGs, based on its comparative advantage and on client country priorities. We therefore encourage the Bank to revise this report in order to spell out how it intends to support all 17 SDGs, setting out the goals, actions, and expected outcomes. However, we acknowledge that the 2030 Agenda is a vast program with 17 goals and 169 indicators. Some selectivity will be necessary to ensure targeted action by the World Bank Group. This selectivity and the priorities must, however, be determined by the countries, based on their specific needs, as proposed in the Bank’s new operating model.