The anointed one.

Nominations for World Bank president close today, and barring a miracle, it will be a one horse race.

In Norway yesterday, Zoellick met with development minister Erik Solheim: “The Norwegian principled position is that this should be an open competition where everyone should be able to run – Chinese, Argentinian, whatever, Norwegian for that matter.  We will work with other governments to make such a procedure for future presidential appointments of the World Bank. That said, we think this is a very good proposal of Mr Zoellick as the new president of the World Bank.” Solheim also said that Europe’s prerogative to choose the head of the IMF should also be abandoned.

Other related bits of news today: 

If Bob is reading this blog maybe he’d like to weigh in on some of these questions?

1 thought on “The anointed one.

  1. It would be good if Professor Lerrick would update his stale and biased views of the Bank from the time he made his name, and his current named professorship, for ‘service’ to the Meltzer Commission. His ignorance of how the Bank has changed since he last attacked it was breath-taking. And VOA’s flak conveniently ignored the only sensible speaker on the panel, Colin Bradford, who put the other apologists and sloganeers to shame. Too bad the Bank’s North America media team is so busy figuring out how to stay employed after Wolfowitz leaves to have sent someone informed to at least follow the meeting. That AEI can organize a meeting like that, with a truly dumb congressman (a self-described ‘friend of the Bank’) shows how superficial conservatism has become in this country. That there were young people and NGOs who didn’t know any better in the audience was the real crime.

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