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International Fund for Agricultural Development

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the merits of nominating a British candidate for the position of President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. (242362)

The UK works to promote merit-based, transparent senior level appointments across the international system, supporting well-qualified UK and non-UK candidates. In deciding whether to lobby for a UK candidate for a particular post the Government take a view of the mandate of the organisation, the quality of the process, the likely field and our other priorities across the multilateral system.

Over the last year we have worked successfully with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and its membership to promote greater transparency in the election for its next president. Presidency candidates at IFAD must be nominated by their Government and, if they are to stand a serious chance of success, strongly supported by their Government in their campaign. Credible candidates have been emerging for the IFAD presidency and we did not nominate a UK candidate on this occasion.