Vice President of the World Bank for Latin America, Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, has pledged continued support to Guyana.
This commitment was made today, following a visit to Guyana by Jaramillo and the Country Director for the Caribbean, Lilia Burunciuc.
Jaramillo and Burunciuc commended Guyana’s Government on the progress made so far towards the COVID-19 recovery and also highlighted the fact that over fifty-one percent of Guyana’s adults’ population has already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Vice President and the Country Director further discussed how the World Bank could support the Government’s plan to create a more enabling environment for the private sector and improved living standards for the citizens of Guyana.
Jaramillo stated that the World Bank is pleased to provide ongoing support for the COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Guyana, which he noted, is critical to accelerating the recovery and, for equitable growth.
During their visit to Guyana, the VP and the Country Director met with the President of Guyana, Dr. Irfaan Ali, Vice-President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, and Senior Minister in the Office of the President with Responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh, and other stakeholders including international development partners.
The Country Director underscored their commitment to making a real impact on improving people’s lives in Guyana – this was stated after they would’ve had conversations with Guyana’s leaders.
She further added that she is looking forward to continuing working with the Government on climate resilience, supporting the private sector, and investing in people.
Jaramillo and the team visited the Westminster Secondary School that was constructed and equipped under the Guyana Secondary Education Improvement Project, which was one of the projects that were financed by the World Bank.
They also toured pump stations in Lusignan and Enmore, which were built as a component of the Guyana Flood Risk Management Project. These pumps mitigate the impact of floods by reducing the time that floodwaters remain on the land.
The World Bank currently has seven active projects in Guyana that address human capital development, fiscal sustainability, disaster risk management, and governance, as well as the mitigation of the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.