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Date: 2024-05-21 Page is: DBtxt001.php txt00024125
THE WORLD BANK
AJAY BANGA HAS BEEN NOMINATED

Biden administration nominates Ajay Banga to lead World Bank ... The White House is touting Banga’s experience with financial inclusion and climate change


FILE PHOTO: President and CEO of Mastercard Ajay Banga leaves after meeting India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a breakfast in the Manhattan borough of New York September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)/File Photo (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
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Peter Burgess
Biden administration nominates Ajay Banga to lead World Bank The White House is touting Banga’s experience with financial inclusion and climate change Written by Aaron Gregg ... Aaron Gregg is a business reporter for the Washington Post. Published February 23, 2023 at 10:06 a.m. EST ... Updated February 23, 2023 at 10:12 a.m. EST The Biden administration has nominated Ajay Banga, a former Mastercard executive now serving as vice chairman at the private equity firm General Atlantic, to become the next president of the World Bank. Want to know how your actions can help make a difference for our planet? Sign up for the Climate Coach newsletter, in your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday. Banga is still subject to a months-long confirmation process before the bank’s board reaches its final decision. The announcement puts an end to intense speculation about who would take over the bank, which has tremendous sway over international development projects and policy worldwide. The bank’s current leader, David Malpass, has been under fire recently over his views on climate change. He announced his resignation last week. World Bank head denies climate controversy spurred resignation In a statement, President Biden highlighted Banga’s experience forging partnerships to address financial inclusion and climate change. “He has spent more than three decades building and managing successful, global companies that create jobs and bring investment to developing economies, and guiding organizations through periods of fundamental change,” Biden said. “He also has critical experience mobilizing public-private resources to tackle the most urgent challenges of our time, including climate change.” Malpass had drawn criticism for an alleged lack of focus on the bank’s climate mission. In September, when asked at a New York Times event whether he accepted the idea that burning fossil fuels caused global temperatures to rise, he equivocated, saying, “I’m not a scientist.” He told The Washington Post he was “leaving on his own terms” despite the controversy. Pointing to Banga’s upbringing in India and his work in the Global South, administration officials also emphasized his long experience mobilizing capital while ensuring that related projects do not boost emissions. The decision may disappoint some who had hoped the bank would have a female leader for the first time. Asked about the decision to appoint a man, an administration official said Banga has a clear record of bringing “gender equality and inclusion” to his work. Jeff Stein contributed to this report. This is a developing story and will be updated. By Aaron Gregg Aaron Gregg is a business reporter for the Washington Post.



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