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President Kim Discusses Role of Youth in India’s Bold Future

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Local boys look on during the visit of World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to the low income suburb of Gwaltoli on his tour of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India. 

"India must take advantage of having a young population. Never doubt the possibilities for this country,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to youth in India. During an hour-long NDTV program, President Kim answered questions that ranged from reducing poverty to tackling water crises in the country.

Half of India’s population is below the age of 25. India will soon have the largest number of young people the world has ever seen. President Kim emphasized the importance of investing in the youth to develop leaders who will build a brighter future.

He was in India from March 11-13 to see firsthand some of the development challenges India faces, as well as the opportunities it has to achieve faster economic growth and a quicker reduction in poverty.  It was Kim’s first visit to India after taking over as President of the World Bank Group last July. 

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