IMF Chief to visit Kenya, South Africa, Zambia

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to visit Africa to gauge how the continent’s economies were coping with the financial crisis, officials said on Thursday.

During his five-day trip beginning Sunday, the International Monetary Fund chief will visit Kenya, South Africa and Zambia for meetings with the authorities, trade unions, representatives of civil society, and the private sector.

“It is an opportunity for us to deepen the dialogue on issues concerning the continent’s main challenge — sustaining solid growth in the post-crisis world to put Africa on the path of prosperity,” Strauss-Kahn said in a statement.

The impact of global climate change, “a problem that disproportionately affects Africa,” would also be among topics of talks, the fund said.

Strauss-Kahn will participate in a panel debate “Africa’s Economic Transformation: The Road Ahead” in Kenya and speak on the global financial crisis at the University of Witswaterand in South Africa.

He will be Kenya on March 7-8, South Africa on March 9-10, and Zambia on March 10-11, the statement said

Source: Sapa online, 20100305

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