In a move to “show courtesy and respect” to development leaders, the official U.S. candidate for World Bank President Robert Zoellick is traveling to Africa, Europe and Latin America on an international fact-finding tour from June 4 to 19. “I would like to consult broadly with potential colleagues, experts, bank partners and stakeholders on the issues of development, sustainable growth, and overcoming poverty,” he said in a statement. The former U.S. trade representative will visit the African nations of Ghana, Ethiopia, and South Africa, which he said have expressed appreciation for being first on the itinerary, followed by Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Mexico and Brazil. Although the World Bank is accepting nominations for the presidency until June 15, Zoellick is widely expected to win the vote of the agency’s 24-member board and assume the post once Paul Wolfowitz steps down on June 30.
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