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Search for new World Bank President begins as Jim Kim steps down

Search for new World Bank President begins as Jim Kim steps down
January 07
18:08 2019
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Jim Yong Kim,  World Bank Group President, on Monday announced that he will be stepping down from his position after more than six years at the helm.  

“It has been a great honor to serve as President of this remarkable institution, full of passionate individuals dedicated to the mission of ending extreme poverty in our lifetime,” Kim said in a statement on Monday.

“The work of the World Bank Group is more important now than ever as the aspirations of the poor rise all over the world, and problems like climate change, pandemics, famine and refugees continue to grow in both their scale and complexity.

“Serving as President and helping position the institution squarely in the middle of all these challenges has been a great privilege.”

THE NEXT STEPS

In 2012, Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and José Antonio Ocampo, former Colombian finance minister, were top contenders for the World Bank Presidency against Jim Yong Kim, who was the nominee of the United States.

It is unclear if both candidates will put themselves up to succeed Kim in 2019.

According to the World Bank, Kim’s leadership set two goals for the bank: “to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity, focusing on the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries”.

These goals now guide and inform the institution in its daily work around the globe.

“In addition, shareholders strongly supported measures to ensure that the Bank Group be even better positioned to respond to the development needs of clients:

  • The Bank Group’s Fund for the Poorest, IDA, achieved two successive, record replenishments, which enabled the institution to increase its work in areas suffering from fragility, conflict, and violence.
  • In April 2018, the Bank Group’s Governors overwhelmingly approved a historic USD$13 billion capital increase for IBRD and IFC that will allow the Bank Group to support countries in reaching their development goals while responding to crises such as climate change, pandemics, fragility, and underinvestment in human capital around the world.

“Over the past 6+ years, the institutions of the World Bank Group have provided financing at levels never seen outside of a financial crisis.”

“During his term, President Kim emphasized that one of the greatest needs in the developing world is infrastructure finance, and he pushed the Bank Group to maximize finance for development by working with a new cadre of private sector partners committed to building sustainable, climate-smart infrastructure in developing countries.

“To that end, Kim has announced that, immediately after his departure, he will join a firm and focus on increasing infrastructure investments in developing countries.  The details of this new position will be announced shortly.”

In addition to working on infrastructure investments, Kim announced that he will also be re-joining the board of Partners In Health (PIH), an organization he co-founded more than 30 years ago.

“I look forward to working once again with my longtime friends and colleagues at PIH on a range of issues in global health and education,” he said.

“I will also continue my engagement with Brown University as a trustee of the Corporation and look forward to serving as a Senior Fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.”

Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO, will assume the role of interim President effective February 1.

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