who will be next World Bank President What will they do


Reuters features this site. Reuters has circulated a wire story describing worldbankpresident.org as "a new Web site dedicated to airing speculation on who will succeed James Wolfensohn as the next president of the World Bank is offering the rumors and gossip usually reserved for Washington's bars and back rooms."

Within an hour of posting our insider scoop yesterday that Elaine Chao may be in the running for the top World Bank job Reuters' Washington correspondent called me in Brussels to ask for further insights and what we aim to achieve with the site.

I commented that I hope this site can "shine a spotlight on the intrigues, encourage commentary and drag the Bank selection process "slightly into the open". This is already the case - with our site itself now itself the subject of news stories.

Reuters also takes seriously our Elaine Chao piece as ran through our entire list of 15 rumoured candidates. The journalist told me that our site had created "quite a buzz" in Washington.

Wolfensohn has a Washington press conference today. This is supposedly on the topic of tsunami relief and reconstruction (on the day that Indonesia and Sri Lanka seek debt relief at the Paris Club) but it is widely expected that he will have more than one question on who will succeed him.

Full reports later.

Alex Wilks ~ January 12, 2005

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