World Bank president to visit China

Updated: 2011-09-01 15:38


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BEIJING -- World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick will visit China from Sept 1-5 to discuss China's key medium-term challenges, the bank said on its website.

Zoellick will attend a workshop with Chinese officials and outside experts to discuss preliminary research for a report on China's key medium-term challenges towards 2030, which is jointly prepared by China's Ministry of Finance, Development Research Center of the State Council and the World Bank, and is expected to be finalized towards the end of the year.

"I am looking forward to visiting China to listen and learn, and to discuss China's medium-term challenges as well as its response to the global economic crisis," Zoellick said.

"In our increasingly multipolar world economy, China is an important pole of global growth and a growing source of ideas and innovation on how to overcome poverty," he noted.

During his fifth official visit to the country since becoming Bank President in July 2007, Zoellick will meet with state and provincial government leaders.

He will also travel to China's Northeast to visit farms and rice processing facilities in Beidahuang, an area transformed into a grain production base and strategic grain reserve.