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Human Capital Summit: Investing in the Early Years for Growth and Productivity

Investing in the early years is one of the smartest investments a country can make to break the cycle of poverty, address inequality, and boost productivity later in life. Today, millions of young children are not reaching their full potential because of inadequate nutrition, lack of early stimulation and learning, and exposure to stress. Investments in the physical, mental, and emotional development of children -- from before birth until they enter primary school – are critical for the future productivity of individuals and for the economic competitiveness of nations. Join us as country leaders make commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition in children and expand access to early childhood development services by 2020 to ensure that children everywhere can thrive.

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Minister for Finance and Planning, United Republic of Tanzania

Minister of Economy and Finance, Senegal

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance, Indonesia

Minister of Finance, Indonesia

Minister of Finance and Budget, Madagascar

Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Ethiopia

Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development of Cameroon

Prime Minister, Cote d’Ivoire

Finance Secretary, Pakistan

Former World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on October 24, 2013 in Washington DC. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Former President, World Bank Group

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