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Saturday, 21 October 2017

World Bank Celebrates End Poverty Day

The World Bank office in Sudan successfully celebrated today its annual End Poverty Day event in collaboration with the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security. The event, which took place at the Police Club, witnessed great participation from a host of government agencies and NGOs, as well as attendance by prominent officials including Vice-President Hassabo Abdel Rahman and the Minister of Social Welfare Masha’ir al-Daolab. The event also featured exhibitions by the World Bank and national NGOs in addition to musical and theatrical shows. 
Addressing the event’s opening session, the World Bank’s Acting Country Manager, Dr. Mosllem Alamir, noted that the End Poverty Day is a global event celebrated on 17 October every year. He emphasized the importance of this event to the World Bank’s mission of eradicating extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity, saying that “every day is an End Poverty Day for the World Bank Group.”
The World Bank’s official said that the event presents an opportunity to galvanize support for the cause of poverty reduction. He went on to highlight World Bank’s efforts to help the government of Sudan alleviate poverty, saying that the Bank’s program in Sudan is oriented towards the pillars of promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth, investing in human capital, and fostering resilience to shocks. In alignment with these pillars, he pointed out, the World Bank is managing a dynamic portfolio that includes projects on promoting private sector-led growth including public-private sector partnership, developing basic education infrastructure, strengthening the government’s social safety net programs and improving public financial management.  
Dr. Mosllem affirmed the Bank’s readiness to support the Government of Sudan in preparing its full-fledged Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). He voiced confidence that the joint efforts of the Bank, the government and their partners will eventually lead to achieving the objective of eradicating extreme poverty