As the World Bank initiated the process to select a new head to replace Robert Zoellick, whose term ends on June 30, the Barack Obama administration has asserted that there was no question that anyone but an American would occupy the post.
“Our expectation is that we will nominate a strong American candidate and we will put our full backing behind that person,” state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at her daily news conference.
Developing countries have been pushing for a more open leadership structure at the World Bank, with access to more countries.
Nuland said that both at the Bank and at the International Monetary Fund, the leadership structure has been more open to more countries in recent times.
“That said, with regard to the senior job at the World Bank, we fully expect that we will have an extremely strong American candidate,” Nuland said.