President Medina to Rome for IFAD meeting

Danilo Medina / Presidency

President Danilo Medina will be traveling to Rome, Italy on Monday, 11 February 2019 to participate in the 42nd International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Governors Council on 14-15 February 2019. Also scheduled to participate in the IFAD meeting is President Jovenel Moise of Haiti and Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte.

As announced, during the meeting, Pope Francis will address heads-of-state, government ministers, and policy and development leaders during the opening ceremony of the IFAD gathering at the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, at the Viale delle Terme di Caracalla.

IFAD announced that President Danilo Medina would speak at the event. Other speakers at the meeting are IFAD president Gilbert F. Houngbo; Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development; Sigrid Kaag, the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation; and José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).

IFAD is a specialized United Nations financial institution based in Rome that works to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, it has provided US$20.4 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 480 million people.

On Medina’s agenda for the visit to Italy is also a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on 13 February.

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11 February 2019

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