who will be next World Bank President What will they do


An £8200 job ad. The appointment of the World Bank president, writes Richard Adams in the Guardian, is "as open and accountable as the bad old days of the Suharto regime in Indonesia."

He calls on the US to do its bit for international transparency by advertising the job - a £8200 half-page ad in the Economist should do it, he believes.

"The danger of another Republican appointment is another nobody, and the bank's focus on poverty being again diverted in favour of US bilateralism," Adams argues. "It also leaves the bank vulnerable to the turf war breaking out between it and the IMF. The signs are not good, given some of the candidates being bandied around in Washington."

"The website worldbankpresident.org lists a series of rumoured names, including a conservative Republican senator, an old classmate of President Bush at prep school, and one of the consultants of the US's postwar Iraq economy. Such an appointment would be seen as moving the bank back to the periphery of Washington policy-making."

It will be interesting to hear what the Guardian makes of the front-runners for the job - such as John Taylor or Elaine Chao. More on them, and their chances, over the next few days - so if any reader has info (current or background) on these or any other candidate, do get in touch...

David Steven ~ February 01, 2005

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