Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is joining thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organisations, and invited participants from the academia and private sectors at the annual Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The series of events in Washington DC focuses on the global economy and international development.
The EU Commissioner will focus on key challenges which are high on her agenda at the European Commission: disaster response and the ways to boost the resilience of the most vulnerable communities at home and abroad.
On Wednesday she will hold talks with one of her US counterparts, William Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They will discuss a range of issues including FEMA's experience with innovative flood insurance schemes.
Later she will meet Wendy R Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the US State Department, to discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria and the region. Commissioner Georgieva will also meet Makhtar Diop, the World Bank's Vice President for Africa. On the agenda will be the EU's AGIR resilience scheme for the Sahel region and the situation in Mali as well as disaster risk reduction projects.
On Thursday Commissioner Georgieva will meet with Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, and they will talk about the EU and US joint interest in building resilience in the Horn of Africa and Sahel regions of Africa. On the same day she will hold other meetings including with Snezana Stoilkjovic, Vice President of the International Finance Corporation, Inger Andersen, WB Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa, and Nancy Birdsall, President of the Center for Global Development.
The round-table meeting of Political Champions for Global Resilience will take place on Friday, when Commissioner Georgieva will also hold talks with the UK Development Secretary Justine Greening, Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator. Later she will meet with Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti.