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Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at the global launch of “Poverty In A Rising Africa” report

Published on October 19, 2015

President Mahama, Prime Minister Matata, President Adesina, dignitaries, Your Majesty Paramount Chief of Jamestown, good people of Jamestown and Accra, and all of Ghana! I greet you all.

I’m so happy to be here today. I’ve been thinking about today for a long time – today we are commemorating End Poverty Day, the first time the World Bank Group has done so, but we will be doing this every year now with the United Nations and other partners. For many people, ending extreme poverty in the world may seem like an impossible dream. There’s the old saying that the poor will always be among us. I’m here to say that is not true, that we can and must be the first generation in human history to end extreme poverty in the world. Read more. Source | World Bank