who will be next World Bank President What will they do


Diplomatic Dutch give little away. An article in leading Dutch daily de Volkskrant credits worldbankpresident.org and interviews me and Ad Melkert, the Dutch representative on the World Bank's board.

Melkert is cagey. He is quoted (free subs, Dutch) saying "the selection procedure is still subject of discussion" and that the World Bank needs a strong head. De Volkskrant Journalist Olav Velthuis comments, though, that it is public knowledge that the USA makes the appointment.

Melkert should have a lot more to say about this process. He is an experienced board member who for the last seven months has chaired the European caucus of representatives on the World Bank's board.

Could his reticence be because the US government has instructed European representatives not to speak out about the President selection process? I think so, based on up to date information from a well-connected researcher who has been following World Bank governance for some time.

Alex Wilks ~ January 26, 2005

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