who will be next World Bank President What will they do


Robert Zoellick is being touted as the favourite to become the next World Bank President, especially after Colin Powell ruled himself out of the running.

Activists, however, are not happy.

David Waskow, from Friends of the Earth International, told Reuters that the US Trade Czar was too closely tied to US business interests to do a good job.

David Bryden, from the Global AIDS Alliance, is also opposed to Zoellick, accusing him of promoting trade agreements that favour big pharma at the expense of poor people in need of access to medicine.

"That's a record that's deeply disturbing not only to us but to a lot of AIDS organizations," he said.

US business leaders appear more keen.

"What's needed is someone who can really integrate these (developing) countries into the world economy. Otherwise you're just throwing money down a hole," said Frank Vargo, vice president for international affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers.

David Steven ~ January 03, 2005

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