Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

World Bank's Kim Launches Bid for Second Term as President

Since its founding in 1945, the World Bank has been run by a U.S. citizen, while its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund, has traditionally been run by a European

World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim and Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon are welcomed by Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi in Baghdad, Iraq on March 26, 2016, photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez
By Reuters Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
1 year ago

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on Tuesday formally launched a bid for a second five-year term as head of the multilateral development lender, whose board pledged an “open, merit-based, and transparent” selection process.

Kim, a global public health expert and former Dartmouth College president, notified the board of his intention to continue in the bank’s top job after his current term ends on June 30, 2017, the bank said.

The notification typically kicks off a new selection process, and the bank said it would follow criteria adopted for the 2012 selection, when Kim was first appointed president.

Nominations for the position via the bank’s executive directors will open on Thursday and will close on Sept. 14.

“I have informed the Dean of the Board that I would be honored to be considered for a second term as head of the World Bank and continue to work with its dedicated staff,” Kim said in a statement. “Together, we have accomplished so much over the past four years, and I would be proud to carry on this important work.”

Kim already has the backing of the World Bank’s largest shareholder, the United States.

“The United States fully supports Dr. Kim’s presidency at the World Bank, including the steps he’s taken to enact important reforms,” a U.S. Treasury spokesman said in a statement.

No challengers have emerged for the job thus far. The World Bank’s former managing director, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, had been considered a possible successor. But last month she returned to Jakarta to become Indonesia’s finance minister for a second time.

Since its founding in 1945, the World Bank has been run by a U.S. citizen, while its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund, has traditionally been run by a European.

Some emerging market countries had challenged these traditions in the 2011 IMF leadership race, backing Mexican central banker Agustin Carsten, who lost out to former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde. Such a challenge was not repeated earlier this year when Lagarde was appointed to a second term at the IMF.

Among the selection criteria, the bank said candidates should have a proven leadership track record of managing a large organization with international exposure; the ability to articulate a clear vision for the World Bank Group’s development mission; a firm commitment to multilateral cooperation; effective communication skills, impartiality and objectivity.

The last World Bank president to serve two terms was James Wolfensohn, from 1995 to 2005.

DAVID LAWDER

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
World

Venezuela: Trump Acted 'Like the World's ...

1 hour ago
Sports

Judge Breaks McGwire's HR Rookie Record, ...

1 hour ago
World

Collins' Opposition All but Kills GOP He ...

2 hours ago
World

Trump's New Travel Ban: Third Time the C ...

2 hours ago
Most Popular

Searchers Dig as Mexico City Reopens jus ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Colegio Rébsamen Operated Legally, Says ...

By Notimex
Mexico

INAH: Report Damaged Museums, Cultural H ...

By The News
Mexico

The Unexpected Heroes of the Earthquake

By María Trueba de Buen
Mexico

New Earthquake, Magnitude 6.1, Shakes Ji ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico