Accra, April 27, GNA – The World Bank will on Monday launch the 2013 Global Monitoring Report (GMR) in Accra.
The GMR jointly produced by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund is an annual report card on the world’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
A statement by the World Bank, copied to the Ghana News Agency on Friday said the report will be presented by Mrs Vandana Chandra, a member of the GMR team and a Senior Economist of the Bank.
The theme for this year’s GMR is: ‘Rural-urban disparities in development and the ways urbanization can better help achieve the MDGs’.
The statement said not only is the theme highly relevant for assessing progress within the current MDG framework, but also has the potential to inform discussions about the post-2013 development agenda in which urbanization will be a major factor – 96 per cent of the additional 1.4 billion people in the developing world by 2030 will live in urban areas.
The Report’s findings point to how countries can reap the benefits of economies of scale in service delivery and agglomeration of economic activity and make progress on important development outcomes as measured by the MDGs.