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Okonjo-Iweala not considered, as nominations for World Bank’s President closes

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala doesn’t stand a chance of being The World Bank’s President, at least for now.

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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala doesn’t stand a chance of being The World Bank’s President, at least for now. This is because nominating process for the position closed on Thursday without her name on the list.

According to a statement released on the World Bank’s official website, the Board of Directors announced that the period for the submission of nominees ended Thursday, March 14th.

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One person nominated 

Only one nominee was received throughout the nominating period. And he is a US national named David Malpass.

Mr Malpass will be considered for the position, the statement said.

“The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today confirmed that, as announced on January 10, the period for submitting nominations for the position of the next President of the World Bank closed on Thursday, March 14 at 9:00am ET. The Board received one nomination…”

About the Nominee

David Malpass is a US citizen who currently works as an Under Secretary for International Affairs, at the US Department of the Treasury.

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Trump chose a loyalist for the job – Last month, Mr Malpass was nominated by the US President, Donald Trump, who had long clamoured for the position to be occupied by an American.

Note that Mr Malpass had long been a staunch critic of the international development bank.

He is expected to get the job. However, he will first go through the interview process.

“In accordance with the procedures previously announced, the executive directors will conduct a formal interview of the candidate in Washington D.C. during the coming days.

“The executive directors expect to conclude the Presidential selection process before the Spring Meetings of 2019.”

Jim’s Unexpected resignation

The position of President was left vacant early January after the former President, Jim Kim, abruptly resigned three years ahead of schedule. Mr Kim had been appointed out of three available nominations – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Colombian Jose Antonio Ocampo.

Okonjo-Iweala: Ready to run, but not nominated

During an interview with CNN business reporter, Richard Quest at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Okonjo-Iweala said she’s available if nominated for the position. She, however, said only the right condition will determine her interest.

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Okonjo-Iweala made her intention known while addressing reports that she’s interested in the position. She was a front runner in the race against a United States’ nominee, Jim Kim. That prompted many to believe Okonjo-Iweala will be considered.

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With the abrupt resignation of Jim Kim, it was believed that a Nigerian might just for the first time lead the World Bank; thanks to her popularity in the international financial institution.

“I know that, because I contested the last time in 2012, and many people were asking that question. it is a shareholder’s decision and they have to decide how they want it. someone has to nominate. If the right person were to nominate, and if the circumstances are right and people feel I can do the job, yes!”

The World Bank has never been headed by a Nigerian in the entirety of its 73-year history.

Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). In the era of media convergence, Olalekan is a valuable asset, with ability to curate and broadcast news. His zeal to write was developed out of passion to shape people’s thought and opinion; serving as a guideline for their daily lives. Contact for tips: fakoyejo.olalekan@nairametrics.com.

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Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala as DG World Trade Organization

President Muhammadu Buhari nominated the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This was seen in a tweet posted by the Presidential aide on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, in the early hours of Friday, June 5, 2020.

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In the statement, Ogunlesi said that the current Director-General of the intergovernmental organization, Roberto Azevedo, is stepping down from his position on August 2020, a year ahead of the end of his tenure.

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Azevedo, who has been the head of the WTO since 2013, is stepping down at this critical period of global economic crisis and the trade war between the United States of America and China. The WTO head said this is the best way to avoid my chaos at the alliance, which has witnessed attacks from US President, Donald Trump.

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This means that the election that was earlier scheduled for 2021 when his tenure was supposed to expire might be coming up much earlier for a new four-year term.

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Tolu Ogunlesi in his statement said, ”President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Okonji-Iweala as Nigeria’s candidate for the position of the Director-General of World Trade Organization. DG Azevedo is stepping down in August 2020, a year earlier, so the election of the new DG, originally scheduled for 2021, may take place much earlier”.

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According to a monitored report, President Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, Yonov Frederik Agah, for the same position.

 

 

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AfDB agrees to the review of ethics committee’s report on Akinwumi Adesina

The independent review shall be conducted by a neutral high calibre individual with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and integrity within a short time period of not more than two to four weeks maximum, taking the Bank group’s electoral calendar into account.

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The Bureau of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has agreed to authorize an independent review of the report of the ethics committee of the bank’s board of directors on the allegations levied against the President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina.

This was contained in a communique which was released and signed by the Chairperson of the Bureau of Board of Governors, Ms Niale Kaba, after the meeting of the bureau board of governors on June 4, 2020, with respect to the complaints against the President of the bank.

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In taking the decision, the Bureau agreed that AfDB’s ethics committee performed its role on this matter in accordance with the applicable rule under resolution B/BG/2008/11 of the board of governors and that the Chairperson of the Bureau of Board of Governors performed her role in accepting the findings of the ethics committee in accordance with the said resolution.

READ MORE: AfDB’s Akinwumi Adesina hits back, denies allegations against him

The bank’s board of governors in its statement said, ‘’Based on the views of some Governors on the matter and the need to carry every Governor along in resolving it, the Bureau agrees to authorize an independent review of the report of the ethics committee of the board of governors relative to the allegations considered by the ethics committee and the submissions made by the President of the Bank Group thereto in the interest of due process.

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‘’The independent review shall be conducted by a neutral high calibre individual with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and integrity within a short time period of not more than two to four weeks maximum, taking the Bank group’s electoral calendar into account.

‘’The Bureau agrees that, within a three to six months period and following the independent review of the ethics committee report, an independent comprehensive review of the implementation of the bank’s group whistleblowing and complaints handling policy should be conducted with a view to ensuring that the policy is properly implemented, and revising it where necessary, to avoid situations of this nature in the future.’’

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Following the allegations of unethical conducts, questionable appointments and contract awards by a group of whistleblowers and the subsequent clearance of all charges by the AfDB’s ethics committee, the United States Government, who is the largest shareholder outside Africa, asked for an independent probe of those allegations.

The US treasury secretary questioned the integrity of the committee’s process as well as the internal processes of the bank.

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Adesina, a few days ago, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, where he assured of the country’s support towards his travails and his second term bid for the Presidency of the multilateral institution.

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Bonny light up by over 5%, inches closer to $40

Crude oil prices, against earlier predictions, surged past the $40 per barrel mark in the early hours of Wednesday – the highest in almost 3 months.

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As part of signs that the global oil market is moving closer to rebalancing, Nigerian Bonny light price against earlier predictions, surged closer to $40, as it closed at $37.57 per barrel mark, up by 5.57% on Wednesday.

This is coming against the backdrop of a decline in crude oil inventory by 483,000 barrels for the week ending May 29, as estimated by the American Petroleum Institute (API) on Tuesday, and signs that OPEC+ producers are close to agreeing on a short extension of their historic deal to cut output.

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According to data from oilprice, the Brent crude was sold for $39.79 per barrel. The American WTI dropped to $36.79 per barrel.

Meanwhile, Russia and some other OPEC+ member countries are pushing for an extension by a month or 2 of the current output cut of 9.7 million barrels per day beyond June. This is within the 1-3 months’ extension that Saudi Arabia is pushing for.

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(READ MORE:Crude oil prices rally as investors remain optimistic about oil production cut)

Either way, the market likes the idea of more cuts, with the understanding that going through with the earlier agreed output cut after June, will not be enough to draw down the global oil glut that is negatively affecting prices and building up inventories.

crude oil, Nigeria's Crude oil, Bonny light crude oil crashes as Nigeria runs into deeper revenue crisisBonny light crude oil crashes as Nigeria runs into deeper revenue crisis, Brent crude futures gained 0.92%, at $36.08 per barrel, while the U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures also gained 0.54%, at $33.67 a barrel, Crude oil prices hit $40 per barrel as inventory build-up declines

Analysts had predicted an inventory build of over 3 million barrels, and last week, the API had predicted a crude oil inventory of 9.731 million barrels. Meanwhile, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated that the inventory was going to be up by 7.9 million barrels by last week.

 

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