In conjunction with the 2021 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the IMF, Mr. Mohamed BENCHAABOUN, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Administration Reform, took part, on Thursday April 1, 2021, in the virtual meeting between Mr. David MALPASS, President of the World Bank Group and the African Consultative Group (African Caucus), attended by finance ministers and central bank governors of the 54 African countries members of the IMF and the World Bank.
Mohamed BENCHAABOUN, as the 2nd Vice-President of the Caucus Bureau for the
year 2021, delivered an intervention on behalf of the African governors about
"strengthening the service-delivery in the fields of health, education,
water and social protection”.
his speech, the Minister of Economy, Finance and Administration Reform called
on the World Bank, through its expertise, to adopt a holistic approach necessary
to scale up inclusive service-delivery in Africa.
this context, he stressed the importance of broad and sustained support from
the Bank to support African countries in the following main priority areas: (i)
support to the private sector in the national production of medical
equipment; (ii) expansion of social programs by adopting better targeted
mechanisms; (iii) supporting connectivity infrastructure and digitization in
Africa to enable rapid and efficient delivery of education, health and other
public services, including social protection programs; and (iv) development of
the institutional capacities of African countries for the implementation of
projects related to COVID-19.
BENCHAABOUN also expressed the wish to strengthen coordination between the WB
and United Nations agencies, in particular WHO, other MDBs and bilateral
donors, for the acquisition of vaccines against COVID-19, and to ensure greater
harmonization and complementarity between the various programs initiated by the
his part, and while expressing the interest of the World Bank in strengthening
its support for the economic and social development efforts of African countries,
more particularly in this period of health crisis, the President of the World
Bank Group announced the readiness of the institution, in close collaboration
with the IMF, to provide support, both technical and financial, to support the
efforts of African countries in terms of improving public finance management
systems and strengthening budget transparency , debt management and social