The Treasury Department has published the statement that US nominee, Jim Yong Kim, made Wednesday morning to the in camera session of the World Bank’s executive directors before a lengthy questioning and a private lunch.
CSO colleagues who have been skeptical about the process and about Jim Kim’s writings, background and commitment should read the ending
If I were entrusted with the responsibility of leading this institution, you would find in me someone who asks hard questions about the status quo and is not afraid to challenge existing orthodoxies. You’d also find someone interested in listening — to the Board, to our clients, to staff both here and in the field and to stakeholders in the private sector and civil society. I’d bring rigor, objectivity, and a focus on data that help all of us define and achieve our shared vision of securing strong economic growth and delivering greater opportunity for the world’s poor.
Let us lift our sights. Let us focus on the broader purpose of creating a world that bends towards greater justice, towards greater inclusion, and towards greater dignity for all, especially the poor and most vulnerable.
We should all ask ourselves who will be best able to lift the Bank’s sights. That is what is at stake. But to those who are concerned about country focus, he said
I do not come to this election with a rigid or ideological approach. Rather, I come to a deep-seated commitment to evidence- and results-based solutions that must be country–led and scalable. As an anthropologist, I am trained to value local context, institutions and the interconnectedness of individuals and the broader economy in which they live. I know that solutions must be tailored to the local context and that we must listen to the aspirations of the people and countries that the World Bank serves.
And, lest we forget, he leads Dartmouth, an Ivy League university which is a world-class knowledge institution, and he was a senior academic at Harvard.
Are Professor Ocampo’s and Minister Okonjo-Iweala’s statements to the Bank’s board also forthcoming as their contributions to the open and transparent process all three candidates espouse?