Has anyone heard a peep out of Jim Yong Kim? He wants to be President of the world’s most influential development institution, yet – as far as I can tell – he hasn’t given a single interview to any press outlet anywhere.
“He is a very competent doctor, but if we speak strictly about development experience, the Nigerian minister and I amply surpass him.”
Iweala gave the Washington Postperhaps the most barbed quote of the week on Kim:
“He is known as a health expert who has helped developing countries and I have great respect for what he has been able to do …You cannot just look at health and view development through that lens, or just at agriculture or manufacturing — there are so many inter-relationships.”
Kim, however, is keeping schtum. OK, so he did an op-ed in the Financial Times, perhaps ironically calling for an “open, inclusive World Bank”. But has he answered a single question from the media or others?
He is campaigning of course – he visited the Chinese vice-premier over the weekend. And we know that because, erm, Chinese state media told us. Oh, and Japan has said it will back him after meeting him – but not the other candidates.
Is this beginning to look like a stitch-up to anyone else? Let’s start a Kim-watch. If anyone sees or hear him say anything in public, let me know…