Jan Walliser, the World Bank’s Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, arrived in Colombo yesterday for an official two-day visit.
During his visit, he will gain first-hand understanding of Sri Lanka’s reform agenda, key for the country’s transition to upper-middle income status and to increasing its shared prosperity.
“Sri Lanka has made a strong commitment to implement comprehensive fiscal, economic, and governance reforms. I look forward to my meetings with the Government to understand how the World Bank Group can further strengthen its ongoing support for these initiatives,” said Walliser.
During his visit, Walliser will be meeting with Senior Government officials, with the private sector as well as with the Right to Information (RTI) Commission.
Congratulating the Government for the passage of the RTI law, Walliser said: “RTI law is a game changer in Sri Lanka’s path to prosperity if used with a focus on development effectiveness. It is a tool for all citizens – especially the economically weak, the private/non-government sector, and the media to play a key role in the decision making process of the public sector.”
He reiterated the bank’s commitment to support the implementation of the law together with other development partners and key stakeholders.
Before joining the World Bank in 2002, Walliser was an economist at the International Monetary Fund and a Principal Analyst at the US Congressional Budget Office where he focused on the analysis of pension reform and tax reform.
He has published in a range of professional economic journals on intergenerational aspects of fiscal policy, tax reform, pension reform, and aid effectiveness.