Kristalina Georgieva

We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Kristalina Georgieva is associated, including Europe and Commission. Most recently, Kristalina Georgieva has been quoted saying: “We have done an assessment in the Commission and our judgement is that over this and next year we are likely to see a boost of GDP in the order of 0.2, 0.3 percent growth in Europe being around two percent. This is not negligible.” in the article IMF urges ‘growth-friendly’ spending from member countries. An other article where Kristalina Georgieva has been quoted is Get Uber, FIFA and rich Muslims to help plug aid gap- experts.

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Well, we have learned from our decades of experience that open economies create better opportunities for people in the developing countries, but also for people in the rich world. They have access to cheaper goods. They have a chance to actually export more when the purchasing power in the rest of the world is going up. The lesson we should draw is that if there is a problem, let's concentrate on the problem and what is the best solution for it. Rather than deciding that yes, we should throw the baby out with the bathwater.

We have done an assessment in the Commission and our judgement is that over this and next year we are likely to see a boost of GDP in the order of 0.2, 0.3 percent growth in Europe being around two percent. This is not negligible.

We are working on some very concrete products to tap into different parts of Islamic finance.

We stand by the proposal we have framed. We think it is the right proposal, that it serves actually our people. Not only it is morally right, but is in our own interest, including our security interest. So we stick to our proposal.

Just last week, the European Commission provided an additional five million euros, bringing our funding to 17 million euros for now.

Eighty percent of natural disasters are climate related. We do develop more skills and capabilities to cope with disasters but I am not convinced yet that we are doing it with the speed that it necessary in face of this trend.

The Commission is providing an additional seven million euros. That brings the funding from the European Commission to 20 million euros for immediate relief and also for building early recovery, because clearly the need for shelter here is enormous.

Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear threats fall under the category of low-probability but very high-impact disasters. When they happen the effects are catastrophic not only in terms of loss of life and impact on the economy but in terms of psychological impact, often on nations, not only one nation.

First, we need to dig deeper and look into the future and know that that more and more will have to be done. If inside Syria, it is a matter of political solution to put an end to the fighting for the neighbourhood we can help stabilise it now. Two, as we do so, as we put in more resources, (we must) work hard to increase the efficiency of aid delivery.

For solidarity to work for all, we have to make the voices of people who are now in Silent Disasters heard.

I am determined to keep Sahel firmly at the centre of our attention.

It's a very vulnerable region. What is going on in Mali affects also the neighbourhood.

We are talking about leaving space for humanity in the middle of a conflict. And that is an obligation under the Geneva Conventions to all countries, and that is also an obligation for the opposition in Syria, because they aspire one day to be the government.

It is heartbreaking, the images that come to mind are of families that walked 20 days towards the Ethiopia border and they sit under the trees. And when you ask them how they feel, they say we are so lucky because we didn't lose anybody and next to them is a family that lost two kids on the road.

I appeal to both Laurent Gbagbo and President-elect Alassane Ouatarra: for the sake of your people, for the sake of your neighbours, for the sake of humanity, please protect civilians, allow the help of humanitarian workers, and prevent Cote d'Ivoire from slipping further into civil war.

In the Benghazi area, we have humanitarian teams already on the ground, and they report that there is a need for medical assistance. Because the Libyan health system had foreigners at its heart and they have left, leaving behind a huge void, which has to be filled.

The biggest problem was and remains many decades of no development. No services, no institutions that can provide for the people, no jobs for young Haitians. This is where we are determined to make sure that we help Haiti to develop, so its resilience [in the face of] future disasters goes up.

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