Tuesday, April 17, 2012

US health expert chosen as the new president of the World Bank

US nominee Jim Yong Kim has been chosen as the new president of the World Bank. The Korean-American health expert is president of Dartmouth College in the US state of New Hampshire.
Aged 52, Jim Yong Kim is a doctor lauded for his pioneering role in treating HIV/Aids and reducing the impact of tuberculosis in the developing world.
He faced a strong challenge for the post, which has traditionally gone to an American, from Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Dr Kim will succeed Robert Zoellick, serving a five-year term beginning on 1 July, the World Bank said in a statement.
Read details: BBC News


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