- Former World Bank Director and Harvard Professor, John Briscoe, writes in the Hindu : “A time for India to stand up and be counted“
- Former World Bank Managing Editor, Kevin Rafferty, in the Japan Times, writes : “Don’t dance to U.S. tune on World Bank presidency”
- The New York Times editorial: “Leading the World Bank”
- Patrick Brennan, in the well known conservative National Review magazine, writes: “Wrong Man for the Job : Brilliant in global health, Jim Yong Kim is unsound on economics.”
- Felix Salmon of Reuters writes: ” Why Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should run the World Bank”
Ocampo has finally flexed his muscles in the WB President race, arguing in a FT interview that Jim Yong Kim “lacks expertise”. Ocampo says:
“I think in terms of development expertise it is quite clear to everyone that the finance minister of Nigeria and myself stand above the US candidate, who has very narrow expertise in development. He is an excellent physician, nobody denies that, but we’re talking about a development institution.” Continue reading
In a very pointed editorial, the Economist comes out in support of Ngozi without mincing words. In “Hats off to Ngozi: A golden opportunity for the rest of the world to show Barack Obama the meaning of meritocracy”, the Economist puts its argument this way:
“For almost 70 years, the leadership of the IMF and World Bank has been subject to an indefensible carve-up. The head of the Continue reading
As US nominee Jim Yong Kim sets off on a global “listening tour” to promote his candidacy, he has declared his priorities for the Bank in an FT op-Ed. While thin on actual policy content, Kim gives strong support for “an open, inclusive World Bank” which “must give developing nations a greater voice.” He also attempts to calm the ‘anti-growth’ storm, by confirming that he recognises “that economic growth is vital to generate resources for investment in health, education and public goods.” Continue reading
While receiving less media attention, José Antonio Ocampo appears to be an interesting candidate for those who seek for a developing country candidate capable (and willing) to take forward the Post-Washington Consensus agenda.
Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), organisation that Ocampo lead during 1998-2003, wrote a Spanish article arguing why José Antonio Ocampo is the best candidate for the Bank’s presidency. Here are some of the main arguments:
José Antonio Ocampo has an “outstanding career in academia, in the advancement of development theories, direct management of public policy and intellectual leadership to display original paths to progress.”
“He has examined in depth Continue reading
The interview and decision dates at the board are now set. The World Bank board conducts the interviews. They are as follows:
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – 9 April
Jose Antonio Ocampo – 10 April
Jim Yong Kim – 11 April
Apparently the board will discuss and vote on the decision straight away after the interview with Kim on the 11th and a decision is expected to be announced that day.
Amended on 30/3 with updated dates.