MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/13 -- The world's most vulnerable people will benefit from three new Canadian investments aimed at increasing private-sector-led investment and alleviating poverty in developing countries. The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today in an address to the 19th annual Conference de Montreal that Canada is providing further support to help developing countries attract the investment they need to achieve sustainable economic growth.
"The new investments Canada is making today demonstrates our continued leadership to help harness the power, resources, and innovation of the private sector for the benefit of the most vulnerable," said Minister Fantino. "This leads to better job opportunities, more investment, and more resources for improving productivity and well-being around the world."
Minister Fantino highlighted Canada's leadership on encouraging more private-sector-led development by launching a new private sector Web page. This will be a one-stop shop to help the private sector learn how they can play a larger role in development and work better alongside the Government of Canada to achieve common development goals.
Canada will support the establishment of the World Bank Group's Conflict-Affected and Fragile Economies Facility. The facility will provide insurance for private-sector-led projects that help support economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve people's lives in countries where conflict and fragile economies make attracting investment difficult.
"We are very grateful to our Canadian partners for becoming the first contributors to this facility," said Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. "With Canada's contribution to the facility, we are addressing a market need and strengthening foreign investors' ability to help rebuild fragile economies, which creates good jobs and helps people lift themselves out of poverty."
Minister Fantino indicated today that Canada stands ready to help Jamaica regain its economic stability. For example, Minister Fantino announced support to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide technical assistance to the Caribbean, including Jamaica. The support will also assist the Middle East and North Africa. The support will build on Canada's international efforts to foster private-sector-led investment and economic growth by helping developing countries strengthen the capacity of their national and regional public institutions to manage public finances better and promote financial sector stability.
"Canada is a major contributor to IMF capacity building in developing countries," said Ms. Nemat Shafik, Deputy Managing Director of the IMF. "Canada supports our technical assistance and training activities in the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Africa, including the IMF's network of Regional Technical Assistance Centers. This invaluable support has helped countries in these regions develop stronger institutions and promote sustainable economic growth, which is essential to improve people's living standards."
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