World Bank chief on four-day tour

13 Jul 2006
Daily News (Tanzania)
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz was scheduled to arrive in Tanzania late yesterday for a four-day visit at the invitation of President Jakaya Kikwete, the bank's local office said in a statement.

"(Mr) Wolfowitz's tour, the second on the African continent, is aimed at familiarising himself with Tanzania's efforts to promote economic growth and alleviation of poverty," the World Bank statement said.

The World Bank chief, was expected in Arusha last evening, from Ethiopia, where he had a two-day visit. He is today scheduled to meet senior officials of the East African Community (EAC) secretariat.

Later on the day, Mr Wolfowitz would inspect a malaria bed-net manufacturing factory. Tanzania has more than 30 million people at risk from malaria, the country's leading killer disease.
It is estimated that in Tanzania there are 16 million cases of malaria each year, contributing to approximately 80,000 deaths annually, where over 70 per cent of the victims are children under the age of five and pregnant women.

Local studies demonstrate that the use of insecticide-treated nets can reduce malaria- related mortality by almost 27 per cent and halve the number of malaria-related illnesses.
The World Bank chief is also scheduled to fly to Dodoma for a meeting with chairpersons of parliamentary standing committees, before flying to Dar es Salaam for talks with Treasury officials.

He will tomorrow call on President Kikwete, address a news conference, before going to Zanzibar. He leaves the country on Saturday.