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April 2012
Parliamentary Conference on Private Sector Development in Kigali March 14-16, 2012 - Parliamentary Conference on Private Sector Development in Kigali

Over 100 Members of Parliament (MPs) from 37 African countries have agreed to step up efforts to improve the business environment on the continent by reviewing legislation linked to governance, trade barriers, and regional infrastructure. In a bid to strengthen sustainable private sector development MPs and representatives of the private sector and civil society met during a conference on Private Sector Development in Africa as a Cornerstone for Sustainable Growth, held in Kigali, Rwanda, March 14-16.

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Parliamentary Engagement
Oby Ezekwesili, Vice President of the World Bank's Africa region World Bank Vice President for Africa Meets with the Speaker of the House and Members of the Parliamentary Network in Niger
On November 17-20, 2011, Oby Ezekwesili, Vice President of the World Bank's Africa region visited Niger. She took the opportunity to meet with the President of the National Assembly, H.E. Hama Amadou and also met with the 18 MPs that are members of the local chapter of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF. The Vice President stressed the important role parliamentarians play in overseeing the country's budget allocation and government programs and spending. The World Bank supports Niger through four recently approved grant agreements totaling $280 million, including a Growth Policy Reform project and an Urban Water and Sanitation Project.


Public Sector Modernization Efforts in Armenia Assisting public sector modernization efforts in Armenia
The World Bank supports public sector modernization efforts in Armenia under an Institutional Development Fund grant "Strengthening National Assembly's Capacity for Policy Formulation and Public Dialogue" and through the "Second Public Sector Modernization Project for Armenia". On February 3, a World Bank team led by Mr. Migara De Silva (Senior Economist) and Mr. Davit Melikyan (Public Sector Management Specialist) met with Mr. Samvel Nikoyan, the new Chairman of the National Assembly to discuss next steps for the implementation of the program, which aims to enhance parliament's capacity for policy formulation and regulatory impact assessment, and further develop its public consultation mechanisms.


World Bank Lead Advisor on Health Meets European Parliament Working Group on Health WB Lead Advisor on Health Meets European Parliament Working Group on Health
On February 8, in Brussels - Dr Armin Fidler met with the EP Working Group to discuss results and impact of health programs. Dr Fidler pointed out that the "lives saved" approach used does not take into account the entire health system when measuring outcomes, and underestimates health impact from other sectors. He argued that it is critical to better quantify the likely health benefits and timely communicate on the impact. To better assess the impact of health investments, the World Bank is developing Health Impact Accounts.


Special Representative and Director for Europe meeting with Hon. Hugh Bayley Special Representative and Director Europe meeting with Hon. Hugh Bayley
On February 9, in Paris - World Bank Special Representative and Director, Europe, Mr. Carlos Braga met with Hugh Bayley (MP, UK, Board Member of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF) for informal discussions. Bayley amongst others referred to his article in the quarterly 'Network Review' of the Parliamentary Network, featuring articles from economic and parliamentary experts and leaders. The article recounts the parliamentary debate on UK's contribution to IDA 16.


AU Diaspora Summit 'Diaspora Parliamentarians' prepare for the AU Diaspora Summit
On Februay16, in New York - World Bank Operation Officer, Sally L. Dormeyan presented the World Bank's perspectives on the role of the diaspora in Africa's development at the Diaspora Parliamentarians' Preparatory Meeting for the African Union Diaspora Summit. The meeting was organized and hosted by the UN based AU Permanent Office in New York. Some 35 participants including parliamentarians and experts gathered to discuss the influence of Africa's Diaspora on Africa's economy and the role parliamentarians from the Diaspora play in that area. Participants also discussed preparations for the African and Diaspora Parliamentarians Summit scheduled to be hosted by the Pan-African Parliament in May 2012 in South Africa.


New World Bank Country Manager for Uganda New World Bank Country Manager for Uganda meets with Members of Parliament
On February 21, in Kampala - Moustapha Ndiaye, the World Bank's new Country Manager in Uganda met with Members of the local chapter of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF, including Hon. Henry Banyenzaki, Minister of State for Economic Monitoring, MP and outgoing chair of the local network. For the World Bank in Uganda Parliament is a key partner: "We have consulted and continue to consult you on all key projects and programs, including our Country Assistance Strategy" the Country Manager said in his remarks. Through the Parliamentary Network, the World Bank Uganda office wishes to have a regular interface and systematic dialogue with Parliament and counts on the sustained commitment of the chapter members.


MPs Training under Tajikistan Governance Project MPs Training under Tajikistan Governance Project
On February 24, in Dushanbe - The World Bank for the first time organized a training for MPs in Tajikistan under the "Strengthening the role of Parliament in budget processes Project" supported by the World Bank and DFID. The workshop brought half of all MPs and covered issues related to the link between the National Development Strategy, Poverty reduction Strategy and Medium Term expenditure framework. Local and international experts shared lessons learned and challenges of aligning strategic documents to the budget and link to government services and development outcomes. Being the first in a series of trainings planned for 2012-2013, the workshop was designed based on a detailed training needs assessment conducted by the Secretariat to the Parliament.


World Bank Vice President for East Asia Region meeting with Parliamentarians in Tokyo World Bank Vice President for East Asia Region meeting with Parliamentarians in Tokyo
On February 13-14, in Tokyo - World Bank Vice President for East Asia, Pamela Cox, visited Tokyo on her first mission after her appointment on January 1. The World Bank Office organized a meeting with the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF, Japan. Participants included Mr. Koumura, Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF Japan and Mr. Kira, former Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs. There were also bilateral meetings with Mr. Igarashi, Senior Vice Minister of Finance, Mr. Nakano, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kitagami, Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Mr. Ogushi, Parliamentary Secretary of Cabinet Office.


World Bank Golden Growth Report ECA Chief Economist Exchanges Views with MEPs on WB Golden Growth Report.
On February 27, in Brussels - World Bank Chief Economist Indermit Gill presented the WB's report on Golden Growth to MEPs. He highlighted that although Europe has excelled in becoming a "lifestyle super power", more is to be done on labor and government spending to maintain this status. The meeting served as an input into an interparliamentary committee meeting which addressed fiscal discipline and sustainability of public finances and sustainable growth, jobs and social progress in adverse circumstances.


Upcoming Activities for Parliamentarians

April 6, 2012 Deadline for input - World Bank Social Protection & Labor Strategy 2012-2022
The draft Strategy is open for comment until April 6, with the final strategy to be launched during the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in mid-April.

March 31-April 5, 2012 - IPU 126th Assembly and related meetings in Kampala
In the margin of its general assembly, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will organize a seminar to present the tentative findings from a survey on Parliamentary oversight of loan agreements and related processes. The survey is jointly undertaken by IPU, the World Bank and the IMF and looks at how legislative frameworks and practices impact the ratification of World Bank and/or IMF programs. A survey report will be published in due course.

April 20-22, Washington D.C - World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings 2012
All parliamentarians interested in participating in the Spring Meetings must obtain individual accreditation and can now register online. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 10, 2012. In addition to the official meetings a Civil Society Policy Forum will be held on April 18-21, and the traditional one day Parliamentary Workshop is planned for April 18.

April 30-May 2, Washington - Conference on Parliamentary Transparency and PMOs
In order to help provide a platform for cooperation among Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (PMOs), WBI with other partners is co-hosting a conference on Parliamentary Transparency and Parliamentary Monitoring Organization Networking for global PMO leaders. More information can be found on the AGORA web portal in advance of the conference.

May 7-8, Washington - ABCDE Conference 2012
Registration is now open for the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), one of the top global conferences about development. This year's conference is focusing on Accountability and Transparency for Development.


PRESS RELEASE | February - March 2012
Consultations on the Bank Country Strategies
The Bank regularly engages parliamentarians and other constituencies during consultations on the Country Strategies. In February/March the following strategies were approved by the Bank Board: Ukraine / Madagascar / Lao / Peru Turkey / Samoa

>PRESS RELEASE | February 2, 2012
ADB Partners with Bank on AidFlows Website

PRESS RELEASE | February 15, 2012
World Bank President Zoellick to Step Down in June 30th

PRESS RELEASE | February 22, 2012
World Bank opens Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development in Kenya

PRESS RELEASE | February 29, 2012
World Bank Sees Progress Against Extreme Poverty, But Flags Vulnerabilities

PRESS RELEASE | March 14, 2012
World Bank Economist and Special Envoy for Climate Change Andrew Steer to Lead World Resources Institute

PRESS RELEASE | March 19, 2012
Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has been appointed as President of GLOBE, Japan
Mr. Hatoyama succeeded Mr. Maeda (DPJ) as President of GLOBE, Japan. Mr. Maeda, currently Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, remains Vice President of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF/ Japan.

PRESS RELEASE | March 20, 2012
Guinea: World Bank Approves US$10 Million Grant for Economic Governance

PRESS RELEASE | March 23, 2012
Closing of Nominations for President of World Bank

PRESS RELEASE | March 27, 2012
Strengthening Governance, Tackling Corruption: the World Bank Group's Updated Strategy and Implementation Plan

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