Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will be on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria this Sunday at 10am and 1pm EST. Here’s an excerpt of what she had to say:
Fareed Zakaria: Do you feel that the president of the United States’ pick to head the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, is unqualified in the way that The Economist magazine editorialized this week?
Okonjo-Iweala: I have tremendous respect for Dr. Jim Kim, the pick of the United States. But the argument is not really about nationality. The development committee of the World Bank, as well as the G20, have signed onto a merit-based, open and transparent process for selecting the president of the World Bank. That means that it should be done based on who is best qualified from anywhere, regardless of nationality. So I think that we took that seriously. The leaders of the continent of Africa, who asked me to be a nominee, took this seriously.”