Thursday, March 22, 2012

Okonjo-Iweala not pursuing the World Bank’s top job


Elombah.com
22 March 2012


Amidst reports that Nigeria’s Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Colombian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo are set to be nominated to lead the World Bank, Elombah.com sought to verify from Mrs Iwealla herself whether she is leaving Nigeria for the world bank's top job. While the Minister was too busy to speak to us on time, elombah.com succeeded in chatting with Paul Nwabuikwu, her spokesman.

The following discssion ensued:

Elombah.com: Is the Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala pursuing the World Bank’s top job?

Nwabuikwu: Not at all. She has not put herself forward and she is not purusing any such position. The campaign is the initiative of EDs from Africa, emerging markets and other developing countries who believe this is the best time to end the 60 year domination of the WB presidency by the US and allow Okonjo-Iweala and other highly qualified persons to contest. They have asked the president in line with tradition to give his blessing. It is a great honour that a citizen of this country is attracting this kind of passionate support across the globe but we need to keep in mind the fundamental fact that America still has the best chance of producing the next WB president because of her clout and Europe's likely support...

Elombah.com: Thanks...but will she accept the post if offered?

Nwabuikwu: She is focused on her current job...

Elombah.com: Thank you, your feedback is quite appreciated.

Nominations are due Friday at the World Bank for candidates to succeed president Robert Zoellick, who is stepping down at the end of his term in June.

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