Kouchner welcomes Zoellick for World Bank

30th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

POTSDAM, Germany, May 30, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Wednesday welcomed the US choice of former diplomat and trade chief Robert Zoellick to head the World Bank after the "dark chapter" with outgoing chief Paul Wolfowitz.

POTSDAM, Germany, May 30, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Wednesday welcomed the US choice of former diplomat and trade chief Robert Zoellick to head the World Bank after the "dark chapter" with outgoing chief Paul Wolfowitz.

"Mr Zoellick is certainly the right man for the job," Kouchner told reporters ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Eight most industrialised countries in the eastern German city of Potsdam.

He said Zoellick would have to win back the trust of the international community after the favoritism scandal that forced Wolfowitz to resign.

"He has to establish or rather reestablish confidence in the institution because it was a dark chapter with Wolfowitz," he said.

"It is very important that the World Bank develops partnerships especially at this time."

Kouchner said he wished Zoellick "good luck" for the road ahead.

"The World Bank is playing a more and more important role, particularly in Africa," he said.

US President George W. Bush was set Wednesday to name Zoellick to replace Wolfowitz. The World Bank's 24-member board of governors must approve the nomination.

Wolfowitz has agreed to step down on June 30 to end a scandal over a generous pay-and-promotion package he arranged for his girlfriend, a bank employee.


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