Announcements


Launch Date : Oct 11, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available
Launch Date : Oct 10, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available
Launch Date : Oct 10, 2019
Description :

​​​The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund will host the upcoming Tax Sunday Conference on Strengthening Tax Systems in a Digitalizing Worldon Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at The World Bank Headquarters (J Building, Room JB1-080, 701 18th Street NW, Washington DC).

This conference is part of a series of Tax Sundays that takes places immediately after Annual and Spring Meetings with a focus on international tax issues for developing countries. Tax Sunday provides a platform for lively discussions on cutting-edge ideas and developments in international taxation.

This year’s Tax Sunday will take the pulse of digitalization, which is proving to be a major force for change in the tax landscape. Leading policy makers and thinkers from governments, academia, civil society, business and the IMF and WBG will discuss how developing countries can best navigate this rapidly evolving field.

The conference agenda will focus on two major areas: 1) International tax reform and digitalization in developing economies – how and where the digitalizing economy should be taxed; and 2) The role of innovative technology in helping tax administrations enforce cross-border compliance and collect revenue. ​

For the latest conference agenda and speakers, please visit the event webpage.

The conference is expected to attract an audience of about 125 - including policy makers and tax administrators, civil society and business representatives, academics, and WBG and IMF Staff. 

For further information about Tax Sunday, please contact us at Tax4Dev@worldbank.org.




Launch Date : Oct 10, 2019
Description : Effective October 10, 2019, Ms. Larai Hajara Shuaibu succeeds Mr. Haruna Mohammed as Executive Director of IBRD (and ex-officio for IFC and IDA) and Director of MIGA. She will represent Angola, Nigeria and South Africa. 

Yvonne Tsikata 
Vice President and Corporate Secretary ​

ePayables Simplified
Oct 9, 2019
Launch Date : Oct 9, 2019
Description :
​​WBG Finance and Accounting (WFA) is introducing many changes to simplify ePayables for submitting employee reimbursement requests (ERRs) and non-purchase order requests for payment (NPR). 

What changes in ePayables
Effective October 10, 2019, staff will see a new interface when transacting on ePayables. Key improvements include:
  • ​A streamlined landing page with sections to create new requests, view recent requests submitted, and search for all requests; 
  • Simplified ERR form, with fields split into different screens;
  • Simplified NPR form, with fewer fields split into different screens.

How this impacts Admin Portal transactions (for HQ)
Short-term consultants/temporary (STC/STT) reimbursement requests and NPRs should be submitted through ePayables by staff with the required system access. To inquire about your access, reach AskAccounting at 5220-84288. 

After a short transition period, the NPR form for payment to vendors and the ERR form for reimbursement to STC/STTs will no longer be available on the Admin Portal and will be accessible exclusively through the ePayables portal.

Find help
Refer to the following resources for additional details. Call AskAccounting at 5220-84288 or email if you have questions or feedback.

Launch Date : Oct 9, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available
Launch Date : Oct 9, 2019
Description :

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ewa Pogorzelska as Manager, Financial Engineering (ITSFE) in the WBG Information and Technology Solutions VPU.

Ms. Pogorzelska, a Polish national, has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, ranging from international consulting to leadership roles in the world's top financial institutions.  Most recently, as an IT Director at Volkswagen Financial Services, a position she held since 2015, she supervised both the global and local IT services including the migration of the group financial applications to SAP HANA.  In the past, Ms. Pogorzelska managed IT business solutions department at Deutche Bank with main responsibility over the financial systems like general ledger, treasury, financial reporting, capital adequacy as well as Human Resources systems domains.

In her new position, Ms. Pogorzelska's top three priorities will be to: (i) Lead the ERP Renewal Program,  (ii) Enable WBG's Financial planning and analysis, execution and control, accounting and reporting by supporting WFA/BPS and the systems they use, and (iii) Support WBG's Trust Funds and Capital Subscriptions systems.

Ms. Pogorzelska was selected to this position through an internal and external competitive managerial selection process.  Her appointment is effective November 11, 2019.

 

Denis Robitaille

Vice President & WBG Chief Information Officer

WBG Information and Technology Solutions​​​




Launch Date : Oct 9, 2019
Description :
​​WFA has noted that many travelers do not obtain tax-compliant invoices for their hotel stay in India, resulting in loss of revenue to WBG.

Please refer to the Kiosk announcement of
February 10, 2019, on the steps travelers must take to ensure that India Goods and Services Tax (GST) is recoverable, reproduced below for ready reference:

  1. At the time of hotel check-in or as early in the hotel stay as possible, provide the front desk with the appropriate UIN from the table abovebelow.  Ensure that the hotel invoice includes the following information:

​​Travelers from
​Hotel invoice should be in the name of
​UIN (tax ID)
IBRD
​The World Bank, IBRD
70 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003
​Ø717UNOØØ167UNN
IFC​
​International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank Group
6th Floor, Worldmark-3, Aerocity, 
New Delhi 110037
​Ø717UNOØØ168UNL

  1. ​When checking out, obtain a final hotel invoice with:
    • ​​​​​the appropriate UIN, addressed to the corresponding WBG entity (see table above)​
    • the guest's name 
    • the hotel's GST number and
    • invoice number ​​
​Provisional / Interim / Information invoices are not eligible for GST refund.

  1. ​Attach a clear readable copy of the final tax-compliant hotel invoice when submitting your trip Statement of Expenses (SOE).  Retain the original hotel invoice for one year in case this needs to be presented to the Government of India.  


Appreciate your k
ind cooperation to ensure that WBG’s interests are protected.


Launch Date : Oct 9, 2019
Description :

The Rapid Social Response (RSR) partnership (http://www.worldbank.org/rsr) is pleased to announce our Round 17 Gender Window call for Expressions of Interest (EoI).  The indicative resource envelope for this round is approximately $2.9 million. The submission deadline is COB Monday, November 11, 2019.  

RSR's mission is to catalyze—in transformative and forward-looking way  social protection and jobs (SPJ) policy development and system building/strengthening in Bank client countries.  Cross-sectoral by nature, the RSR partnership supports both core SPJ system development as well as highly catalytic special themes and priorities that combine with SPJ operations for higher impact such as gender, nutrition, economic inclusion, and disaster risk management.  RSR welcomes EoIs that support this mission from both SPJ and non-SPJ colleagues across the Bank.  To date, RSR has approved a cumulative amount of $122 million for a total of 260 EoIs through 16 competitive selection rounds.  Country-specific assistance has been rendered to over 100 countries.

The RSR-Gender MDTF is funded by United Kingdom, Bill and Melinda Gates ​Foundation and Australia as a trustee level window in the RSR partnership. Its objectives are to reduce gender gaps and boost socioeconomic outcomes for women and girls by developing and promoting gender-smart social protection policies, systems, and programs.

Submitted EoIs must address:

  1. the specific vulnerabilities that lead to inequalities and disadvantages including gender-based violence;
  2. the contexts in which women and girls experience specific vulnerabilities, including environmental and social shocks;
  3. the design and delivery of social protection and safety nets programs that reflect the vulnerabilities and contexts above in order to achieve gender-smart social protection which will empower women and girls and narrow gender gaps.  

Because being "catalytic" is one of RSR's key missions, preference will be given to:

  • Countries with strong prospects for significant follow-up gender-smart social protection operations and coverage in IDA and IBRD supported projects as a result of the proposed RSR-Gender support;
  • EoIs that have a strong focus on experimentation and learning towards gender-transformative social protection;
  • EoIs that focus on addressing the multiple sources of vulnerability and disadvantage that limit women's and girls' opportunities throughout the lifecycle;
  • EoIs that focus on institutional incentives and resources to change policy and practice to ensure women and girls fully benefit from and are empowered by social protection interventions;
  • EoIs that contribute in achieving the three outcomes of RSR-Gender (see Results Framework in Annex 1).

Please familiarize yourself with the attached R17 Guidance Note and the R17 EoI Template if you plan to submit an EoI, and follow the instructions when preparing your EoI.

If you have any questions, please consult the RSR Management Team (Sándor Sipos, Mattias Lundberg, Inas Ellaham and Shams ur Rehman).


Launch Date : Oct 8, 2019
Description :

The World Bank Family Network (WBFN) is hosting a visa options seminar for G4 dependents.


  • Did you know that many World Bank children are eligible to apply for a Green Card?
  • Are you wondering how to obtain Green Card status while your spouse maintains his/her G4 visa?
  • Have you considered applying for work authorization even though you are not working?

This session will address these and other related topics for G4 spouses and children.

Time will be set aside for questions and answers.


Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Venue: World Bank J Building, Room J1-050 (Lobby level), 701 18th Street, NW

Speaker: Amy R. Novick, Attorney at Law - Haynes Novick Immigration

 

To register, please email the WBFN Office at familynetwork@worldbank.org  (include name and telephone number).