World Bank-IMF Annual Meet 2020

Published on October 24, 2020
Current Context: The annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) was held virtually. 
World Bank-IMF Annual Meet 2020
  • The meeting was addressed by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan. 
  • The meeting was held under two themes: (a) ‘Unleashing the South Asian Century through Human Capital for All’ (b) ‘Investing in COVID-19 Vaccines and Primary Healthcare Delivery System’. 
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan mentioned that India followed the ‘Whole of Society, Whole of Government’ approach to tackle the pandemic situation in the country.
  • Also, he appreciated the support from private firms of India in providing PPE kits, N95 masks, oxygen supply, ventilators with an aim to ensure self-sufficiency.
  • He highlighted that medical infrastructure in India from March has risen from having one lab in March 2020 to 2000 labs till now.
  • He focused that India’s current agenda is to provide affordable COVID-19 vaccine and to ensure its equal distribution though electronic Vaccine Intelligent Network (e-Vin).
  • For this purpose, the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi is set up. This expert group will ensure equal distribution of vaccine in rural and remote areas.
  • Static Part: 
    • HQ of World Bank: Washington DC, US
    • President of World Bank: David Malpass
    • HQ of IMF: Washington DC, US
    • MD of IMF: Kristalina Georgieva-Kinova
    • Economic Counsellor and Research Development Director of IMF: Gita Gopinath

Question: 

Q.1 Who among the following addressed World Bank-IMF Annual Meeting 2020?
a. Dr. Harsh Vardhan
b. Prakash Javadekar
c. Nirmala Sitharaman 
d. Ramesh Pokhriyala

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