IDB: Helping the underprivileged for four decades

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a reception for consuls general organized with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah region, at the bank's headquarters in Jeddah on Wednesday. IDB President Ahmed Muhammad Ali said this was the start of planning for the next 10 years after consulting member states and Muslim communities in nonmember countries. The bank's board of governors would discuss the program of action at its next meeting in June. Ali said the bank prioritizes projects in the least developed member countries, and projects in education. IDB’s commitment to help boost economic growth is evident from the rise in total financing from $8.3 billion in 2011 to $9.8 billion in 2012, an 18.4 percent increase.