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Zoellick congratulates Dr. Kim as new World Bank Group President

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Dr Jim Yong Kim is new World Bank President

Outgoing World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick has congratulated Dr. Jim Yong Kim for being chosen to become the 12th president of the Bank.

Executive Directors of the World Bank Group selected Dr Kim, a US national, as the new President on April 16, 2012.

In a brief statement, Mr. Zoellick said “I am pleased to work with Jim Yong Kim during the transition. He is an impressive and accomplished individual.  Jim has seen poverty and vulnerability first-hand, through his impressive work in developing countries. His innovations in health-care have helped to save numerous lives.”

“As President at Dartmouth College, Jim has had to take tough managerial and financial decisions while running a large, multidisciplinary organization. His rigorous, science-based drive for results will be invaluable for the World Bank Group as it modernizes to better serve client countries in overcoming poverty,” Zoellick added.

Mr Zoellick pledged his support in ensuring a successful handover for July 1.

By Ekow Quandzie

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