The Minister of Finance and National Economy, HE Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, today met with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas, Jean Lemierre, the Managing Director of Lazard, Head of Sovereign and Public Sector Advisory, Michele Lamarche, and the Director of Lazard Government Advisory Group, Hamouda Chekir, on the sidelines of HE the Minister’s participation in the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C.

During the meeting, HE Shaikh Salman highlighted the important role economic forums provide by bringing together international economic decision makers alongside financial and advisory firms to exchange views and contribute to the formulation of promising opportunities that can benefit the world economy.

HE Shaikh Salman further highlighted that, with the help of Team Bahrain, the Kingdom is steadily moving towards achieving its desired development goals. HE the Minister noted the Government’s achievements over the past year, including the introduction of the ‘Fiscal Balance Program’ which has promoted positive growth and strengthened the Kingdom’s fiscal position.

The meeting further provided an opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest, including an exchange of views on the latest developments within the world economy.

HE Rasheed Al Meeraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain also attended the meetings.