World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is stepping down in February after six years at the helm of the global development lender (Photo: AFP/Nicolas ASFOURI) Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, has announced that he will retire. This is far earlier than expected. Kim was first appointed in 2011 and was re-elected in 2016 for a five-year term, due to end in 2022. It was widely assumed that Kim would serve out his full term. Instead, he has abruptly declared that he will retire on Feb 1 and take up a job with a private investment infrastructure firm. What’s going on? The president of the World Bank is, in effect, the Pope of the official international development community. He is the ambassador-at-large of “The Bank”. As such, he (the president has always been a “he”) constantly travels the world, giving keynote speeches at major conferences, meeting heads of governments, and holding hundreds of meetings with ministers and officials to discuss … [Read more...] about Did World Bank President Jim Yong Kim leave on his own accord?
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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim - Photo: Reuters. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim will resign effective February 1, the development bank said on Monday, more than three years before his term ends in 2022. "It has been a great honor to serve as president of this remarkable institution," said Kim, who is joining a private company focused on investments in the developing world. In a letter to bank staff, he said he wanted to leave the organization to "take on new challenges and fully focus my efforts on leveraging private finance for the benefit of people." The bank's chief executive officer, Kristalina Georgieva, will become interim president after Kim's departure. Another US citizen at the top? Kim began his second term as president in July 2017. He succeeded Robert Zoellick in 2012 under former US President Barack Obama. His departure will give President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint a replacement at the helm of the 189-member bank. The organization, which is … [Read more...] about World Bank President Jim Yong Kim resigns
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim delivers a speech in Beijing,China, on Nov 6, 2018. (Nicolas ASFOURI/AFP) The decision is likely to give US President Donald Trump decisive influence over the next leadership of the institution although Washington's control over the 189-member global development lender has faced mounting criticism. "It has been a great honour to serve as president of this remarkable institution, full of passionate individuals dedicated to the mission of ending extreme poverty in our lifetime," Kim, 59, said in a statement. Kim, who became the bank's president in 2012, is set to join an as-yet unnamed firm focusing on investments in developing countries, the bank said in a statement, and will return to the board of Partners In Health, a non-profit group he co-founded. World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva will serve as interim president upon Kim's Feb 1 departure, the bank said in a statement. Under Kim, the bank set the goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and … [Read more...] about World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announces resignation
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said changes in lending policies at the World Bank will free up more resources for poorer countries. (Photo: AFP/Brendan Smialowski) World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said neither China nor any middle income countries was happy about the prospect of paying more for loans, but they agreed because of the overall increase in funds available. The agreement, which also increase shares and voting power to large emerging market countries like China, was "a tremendous vote of confidence" in the institution that came after three years of tough negotiations, Kim said. "World Bank Group bureaucrats don't often jump around and high-five and hug each other," Kim told a small group of reporters following the Spring meeting. He said the increase was needed because even with the end of the global financial crisis, the bank has been called on to provide funding to address a new series of challenges facing poor countries, like climate change, refugees, pandemics, … [Read more...] about World Bank shareholders approve US$13 billion capital increase
The World Bank fund dedicated to helping the world's poorest countries on Tuesday (Apr 17) announced it has raised US$1.5 billion in its first-ever global bond issue, which enjoyed huge demand from investors. World Bank fund for poorest countries issues US$1.5b bond The International Development Association (IDA) issued a five-year AAA-rated bond which had nearly five times more demand than the amount initially offered for sale, the World Bank said in a statement. "Today's bond issue will allow IDA to tap into the power of capital markets to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges and help millions lift themselves out of poverty," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement. Over 40 per cent of the bonds went to central banks, while a quarter went to banks and another quarter to pension funds. The funds will be used to finance sustainable development projects. IDA, which provides very low cost funding to the poorest countries, previously relied on regular … [Read more...] about World Bank fund for poorest countries issues US$1.5b bond