World Bank appreciates Indonesia`s commitment in hosting IMF-WB meeting

World Bank appreciates Indonesia`s commitment in hosting IMF-WB meeting

President of World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim . ANTARA FOTO/ICom/AM IMF-WBG/Wisnu Widiantoro/foc.

Nusa Dua, Bali, (ANTARA News) - World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said he appreciated Indonesia`s commitment to host the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank after it was repeatedly hit by major earthquakes and tsunami.

Kim expressed sympathy and said the World Bank wanted to continue cooperation with the Indonesian government and ready to provide aid if needed.

Late last month an earthquake 7.4 on the Richter scale that triggered tsunami swept across Central Sulawesi causing the death of more than 2,000 people and hundreds of others still missing , and a month earlier a big quake rocked Lombok killing more than 500 people.

Only on Thursday morning two people were reported killed by another major quake 6.3 on the Richter scale in a small island of East Java.

"By hosting the meeting, Indonesia shows to the world that it is strong and tough," Kim said in a news conference on the sidelines of the international meeting here on Thursday.

He said Indonesia has enjoyed a strong economic growth and has made significant progress in eliminating extreme poverty.

Indonesia`s per capita GDP rose from US$785 in 2000 to more than US$3,800 in 2017.

Poverty ratio dropped sharply in 18 years from 19.1 percent to 9.8 percent, the lowest ever in the country`s history.

"This is an impressive progress, and we believe Indonesia could continue with economic progress amid the tragedy lately," Kim said.

He said the international community stand side by side with Indonesia in facing this time of difficulty.

Earlier, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the World Bank would provide long term loan aid to finance reconstruction of Palu and Donggala, the hardest hit by the tsunami in Central Sulawesi.

Reporting by Yashinta Difa Pramudyani
Editing by A Saragih, Eliswan

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