Published On: Thu, Apr 19th, 2012

Current affairs-Jim Yong Kim is elected President of the World Bank.

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Jim Yong Kim

  • Jim Yong Kim (pictured) is elected President of the World Bank.
  • The 52-year-old Mr Kim will succeed incumbent President, Mr Robert Zoellick, a former US diplomat who will demit office in June at the end of his five-year term.
  • The US has held the Presidency in the bank’s entire 68-year history, while a European has always led its sister institution the International Monetary Fund.But emerging and developing economies have been contesting this informal arrangement at both the IMF and World Bank and presenting their own candidates.

    Mr Kim won the post after unprecedented challenge for the top job at the development lender from Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ms Ngoji Okonjo-Iweala, and Colombia’s former Finance Minister, Mr Jose Antonio Ocampo.

    Unlike the previous heads of World Bank, Mr Kim is not a banker, politician or a diplomat. He is a trained physician and an anthropologist.

    Mr Kim was a former director of the World Health Organisation and a co-founder of the global non-profit Partners in Health.

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  1. Rahel says:

    May be his experience in an international organizations may help him to lead this world’s financial institution.Otherwise the Nigerian Finance Minister,she was the best for this position.Because her profession is highly related to this post.More over if this post was granted for her it will enhance women participation in an international affairs specially it was a bright opportunity for women who are living in third world county,Africa.Anyways it had happened once, irreversible decision.

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