The World Bank office in Accra has announced the visit to Ghana of its new Managing Director (MD) for Operations, Anna Bjerde from July 12th -15th, 2023. The visit will be Anna Bjerde’s first to Ghana since her appointment as MD on April 3rd, 2023. She will be accompanied by the World Bank Vice President for Western and Central Africa, Ousmane Diagana.
A press release issued by the office in Accra said Anna Bjerde and her delegation will pay a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. She will also hold high level discussions with government officials including the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on critical areas of the World Bank’s Ghana’s programme including macroeconomic, energy sector issues, Ghana’s IMF programme, debt restructuring and significant structural reforms, needed to accelerate sustainable economic growth over the medium to long term.
Anna Bjerde will also visit World Bank financed projects such as the Ghana Accountability and Learning Outcomes Project, the Ghana Tech Hub, and Ghana Innovation Hub at the Accra Digital Center.
The World Bank has been in Ghana since 1957. The active portfolio is worth $3.6 billion across 21 active projects. The portfolio is spread across several sectors, with the largest investments in Urban Resilience and Land (17%), Health, Nutrition & Population (16%), Finance & Competitiveness (14%), Social Protection & Jobs (12%) and Digital Development (11%).