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Gordon Brown joins WEF

world Updated: Apr 24, 2011 00:56 IST
Dipankar De Sarkar

Former British Premier Gordon Brown has joined the World Economic Forum as chair of a new policy and initiatives coordination board but will take no salary, the WEF said.

"It will be an informal group bringing together heads of international organisations and government representatives to analyse, assess and coordinate the prioritisation, development and impact of multistakeholder initiatives within the global system," the group said.

Although the job is advisory and unpaid, it gives Brown an influential role in international policymaking. The WEF brings together high-profile business and political leaders along with intellectuals and journalists in the Swiss resort of Davos every year to discuss urgent global issues.

The move came after Brown's successor David Cameron declared this week he will block any bid by him to become head of the International Monetary Fund, suggesting an Indian or a Chinese should head the body.

Cameron urged the IMF to look to "another part of the world" for its next leader, adding: "If you think about the general principle, you've got the rise of India and China and south Asia, a shift in the world's focus, and it may well be the time for the IMF to start thinking about that shift in focus."