Minister Bibeau will travel to Washington, D.C., for Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group

News Release

October 12, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will be in Washington, D.C., from October 13 to 14, 2017, to participate in the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group.

During the visit, Minister Bibeau will discuss Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and the important role of women and girls in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Canada will also seek to mobilize additional resources to support global investments in women and girls.

Minister Bibeau will emphasize the essential role of women in peacebuilding, climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and the creation of new economic opportunities in communities.

The Minister will also attend an event on the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) hosted by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Woman entrepreneurs play a critical role in economic development by boosting growth and creating jobs in developing countries. This event will focus on how the World Bank Group and its partners are helping more women to become successful entrepreneurs and leaders, including through the new We-Fi.


“With its Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada is working in partnership with the World Bank Group to reach our common goal of ending extreme poverty. With the right interventions, supported by sound public policy, women and girls can transform their households, their communities and their countries by unlocking a worldwide potential for economic growth.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Quick Facts

  • The World Bank Group is one of Canada’s most important international development partners and delivers a significant share of Canada’s international development assistance.

  • Canada is partnering with the World Bank Group through core operations and trust funds to advance key priorities, including empowering women and girls, reinforcing sexual and reproductive health and rights, promoting growth that works for everyone, mitigating the effects of climate change and promoting more inclusive societies that provide opportunities for youth.

  • Canada’s support for We-Fi complements the country’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy, which recognizes that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are the best way to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world.

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