Press Release: IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Visit Senegal, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Tanzania

February 7, 2008

Press Release No. 08/21

Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will travel to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Tanzania during February 24-29 for discussions with African leaders and representatives of the private sector and civil society about economic developments and the IMF's role in helping its member countries to reduce poverty and enhance growth.

The Managing Director will visit Dakar, Senegal, on February 24; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, during February 25-26; Abuja, Nigeria, during February 27-28; and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, during February 28-29. This will be Mr. Strauss-Kahn's second trip to Africa since assuming his position in November 2007.

The visit will provide Mr. Strauss-Kahn with the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing the continent and hear first-hand from policy makers and opinion leaders how the IMF can best support its member countries in their effort to reduce poverty and enhance growth. Mr. Strauss-Kahn will reinforce the IMF's commitment to engage with low-income countries and discuss how the IMF is working with the countries in the region to improve capacity building.

In Senegal, the Managing Director will meet with Senegalese leadership and Senegalese senior officials.

In Burkina Faso, Mr. Strauss-Kahn will hold bilateral discussions with Burkina Faso's leadership and economic team and discuss how the Fund can help the country attain its growth and poverty reduction objectives. In addition, he will participate in a round table discussion with the regional leadership on key policy challenges facing Africa and the role of the IMF.

In Nigeria, the Managing Director will meet the Nigerian leadership and economic team, and as well as civil society representatives. He will also participate in a high-level seminar on globalization and revenue mobilization.

In Tanzania, Mr. Strauss-Kahn will meet with Tanzanian leadership, other senior officials, and representatives of civil society and the business and donor community. He will also deliver a keynote speech on the challenges facing low income countries and the role of the Fund.


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