Jim Kim wraps up tour of Ebola-affected West Africa

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim traveled to the three countries most affected by Ebola in West Africa. Photo by: Dominic Chavez / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim finished Wednesday his two-day official visit to West Africa with stops in Guinea and Sierra Leone, where he discussed plans to spark economic recovery in those Ebola-affected countries.

Kim’s plan in Guinea and Sierra Leone is focused on strengthening the agriculture sector, urban infrastructure and the private sector, similar to the one proposed in Liberia on Tuesday.

“We’re accelerating our support to Guinea and we plan to deliver a comprehensive economic recovery package in just two years — instead of three, as initially projected before the crisis,” he said in the Guinean capital Conakry.

The World Bank chief later told reporters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, that boosting treatment capacity is key to getting to zero cases of the virus.

Kim’s tour of West Africa coincides with the publication of a new bank report that shows how Ebola will cost the economies of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia over $2 billion.

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    Jeff is a former global development reporter for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers multilateral affairs, U.S. aid, and international development trends. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the U.S., and prior to joining Devex worked as a production assistant at National Public Radio. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.

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