Washington, DC - September 3, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Kim, World Bank president:

"well one of the things we have to remember is that behind this political conflict are real human beings, and so we just heard from our country offices that we just had a video conference with this morning is that there are over 2 million refugees and over 1 million children who are refugees so immediately we are concerned with the human impact and so we've been increasing our lending to jordan, we're working right now to try to support lebanon in absorbing the refugees. We really need to focus on the human impact of whatever conflict can happen."


2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Kim, World Bank president:

"we're certainly concerned about it and certainly there can be a short term impact we hope that the violence doesn't escalate and theres a longer term impact but what we know from around the world is that when oil prices go up the degree of human suffering is not limited to only energy. People have to start making choices do you pay for gasoline or do you pay for food and so again the human impact of increased oil prices is a great concern for us especially for the poor members of society."


3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Kim, World Bank president:

"really what we're finding is that the recovery in the us seems to be more durable more rigorous, more vigorous than anyone thought. Also there is good news coming out of europe. It seems to be stabilizing, there are stilll many issues that the europeans have to struggle with. Banking union, countries like portugal, we're hoping that cyprus is just an exception, ecetera. But there is a lot of good news coming out of the high income countries with is good."


4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Kim, World Bank president:

"what we want to stress is that now is the time for the emerging market countries to take the tough decisions that they need to take in order to get the country back on the path to growth. India, for example, there is a lot it can do in terms of its business enviroment and to be better at creating an enviroment where the private sector is looking to invest as opposed to the current system which is very burdensome in terms of tax structure and other aspects."


5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Kim, World Bank president:

"so one of the things that we are going to bring to the g20 meeting is a plan for creating a global infastructure facility which is going to be specifically focused on providing that kind of long term capitol in the short term future."


The World Bank president says his staff is doing a rush assessment of the impact of the Syrian conflict on Lebanon to prepare the ground for a new wave of international aid.

Jim Kim told The Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday that the Lebanese government asked for the quick assessment and the World Bank made a "very intensive effort" to get it done in a few weeks.

It will be presented during a Sept. 25 meeting of an international support group for Lebanon at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Lebanon is hoping the assessment will underpin its request for aid from individual donor countries and international agencies. It will look at the impact of the conflict on tourism, trade, health, education and Lebanese citizens.