'Blair could be in run for World Bank top job'

Updated on May 18, 2007 04:32 PM IST
Outgoing British prime minister could be a contender for the post of president of the World Bank following Paul Wolfowitz's resignation.
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Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair could be a contender for the post of president of the World Bank following the resignation of Paul Wolfowitz, one of America's most respected economists told the BBC on Friday.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joe Stiglitz, a former senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank, told BBC Radio 5 Live, Blair was "in the frame" for the job, which is traditionally held by an American.

"He (Blair) is one of the people that is clearly being discussed. I think it would be good for the institution at this juncture if they had somebody who was an economist who really understood what development was entailed and could work closely with the staff that has been very alienated by Paul Wolfowitz over the last two years and bring together the institution," said Stiglitz.

"It wouldn't rule him (Blair) out but I would say that if I were going through a first priority list of priorities it would probably begin with somebody with real experience in development," said Stiglitz.

"But Blair has clearly been a political leader that has the kinds of connections that one needs, that would be useful as head of the institution," he added.

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