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New World Bank President to Visit Cambodia

The World Bank's new president will stop in Cambodia as part of his first official trip, according to a statement from the international body.

Robert Zoellick will visit Australia, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia, as he makes the Asia-Pacific his first destination as president, from July 30 to Aug. 9.

Zoellick became the president following the ouster of Paul Wolfowitz, who was fired for favoritism.

In Cambodia Zoellick will hold talks with government officials, business leaders and members of civil society organizations, the statement said.

He will travel to rural areas "and meet people who have benefited from Bank support to secure land rights for the poor and improve livelihoods through better rural roads, small-scale irrigation, and basic education and health services," the statement said.

Cambodia "is emerging as a vibrant economy, having posted double-digit growth for the past three years," Zoellick said in the statement. "But the challenges of building institutions and improving the governance environment are major ones, and I will be interested to learn more from the people behind the push for reform."