July 28, 2017
On July 20 and 21, 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank Group (WBG) held the Fourth JICA-WBG High-Level Dialogue at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. The heads of the two agencies co-chaired the meeting, in which further partnership between the agencies was discussed.
The Wrap-Up Session (Photo courtesy of the World Bank)
JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka (Photo courtesy of the World Bank)
JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim discussed seven topics, the three thematic issues of "Health (universal health coverage (UHC) and nutrition),” “Infrastructure and Resilience (sustainable urban development and resilience/DRR and reconstruction from crises/disasters)" and “Private Sector,” and the four regions of the “East Asia and Pacific,” “South Asia,” “Africa,” and the “Middle East and North Africa (MENA).” Both institutions’ vice presidents and senior staffs discussed the seven topics in more detail at separate sessions.
The Private Sector was newly added as a topic of discussion. The discussion was led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) from the WBG, and it focused on the mobilization of private sector finance, reflecting an enormous gap in development finance.
WBG President Jim Yong Kim (Photo courtesy of the World Bank)
In the Dialogue, the two agencies agreed to strengthen their partnership in private sector finance and development, to promote UHC globally, including in Africa, to work jointly on urban development, to enhance collaboration in resilience building and private sector development in South East Asia, the Pacific, and South Asia, and to work toward stabilization of the MENA region.
WBG President Jim Yong Kim, right, and JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka (Photo courtesy of the World Bank)
Besides the two presidents, more than 60 staff members from the institutions participated in the discussion, including Senior Vice-President (Sr. VP) Yasushi Kanzaki, Sr. VP Hiroshi Kato, Sr. VP Hidetoshi Irigaki, Sr. VP Shinya Ejima, VP Masahito Enomoto, and VP Takao Toda from the JICA side. From the World Bank Group, they included Sheila Redzepi, VP External and Corporate Relations; Makhtar Diop, VP Africa; Annette Dixon, VP South Asia; Hafez Ghanem, VP MENA; Victoria Kwakwa, VP East Asia and Pacific; Keith Hansen, VP Human Development; Timothy Evans, Senior Director (SD) for Health, Nutrition and Population; Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, SD for the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; John Roome, SD for Climate Change (from the World Bank); Nena Stoiljkovic, VP Blended Finance and Partnerships (from the IFC); and Keiko Honda, Executive VP and CEO (from the MIGA).
The two agencies will continue to hold regular discussions at various levels to further strengthen their partnership.