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McCollum: Dr. Jim Kim will be an extraordinary leader for the World Bank

March 23, 2012
Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012
Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

President Obama hits a home run with this nomination

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), co-chair of the Caucus for Congressional – World Bank Dialogue and the founder of the Congressional Global Health Caucus, issued the following statement regarding President Obama's nomination of Dr. Jim Yong Kim to be the next President of the World Bank.

"I really think President Obama hit a home run with his nomination of Dr. Jim Kim to lead the World Bank in its efforts to combat poverty and advance global development. Dr. Kim's significant contribution to global health, his commitment to partnerships on the ground in developing countries, and his proven management skills will make him an extraordinary leader for this vital multilateral institution. This nomination should give Congress real confidence, as a major investor in the World Bank, that an American with a proven track record of success will be advancing a shared vision of global development. Having worked with Dr. Kim in the past, I am grateful for his willingness to take on this job, and I wish him much success."

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees.