The names of potential substitutes for Jim Yong Kim at the head of the World Bank are beginning to circulate, including that of President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, current White House advisor, the Financial Times said Friday.
David Malpass, a senior Treasury official, and former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Mark Green, president of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), are also quoted by the British newspaper reveal his sources.
"We will not comment on potential candidates," a Treasury spokesman told AFP.
"The Treasury has received a significant number of recommendations for good candidates," he added.
"We are starting the internal review process (of these candidates) for the nomination (of a US national candidate) and we are not looking forward to working with the governors (of the World Bank) to select a new leader," he added. .
Jim Yong Kim, 59, who presided over the World Bank for six years, announced on Monday his surprise resignation, in force since February 1, to join the Global Infrastructure Partners investment fund specializing in infrastructure financing.
An American is usually appointed at the head of the World Bank, while the management of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is usually entrusted to a European, according to an unwritten rule. But this sharing of roles is now strongly contested by emerging countries.
Ivanka Trump was directly involved in the launch of a World Bank fund in 2017 to promote the creation of businesses by women in developing countries. This initiative is called "Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative" (We-Fi).
The World Bank presidential candidates will have to present their file between February 7 and March 14, announced the institution, specifying that the appointment of his new leader or his future leader will intervene before the spring meetings to be held the week of April 8th.
The Bank also declared its commitment to "a transparent, open and merit-based selection process". We intend to publish the list of the three selected candidates before the vote, with their consent.