Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador proposed this Thursday Alicia Bárcena, former executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), to be the new president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The president announced in his morning press conference that he will propose Bárcena, current Mexican ambassador to Chile, after the IDB dismissal of Mauricio Claver-Carone for having intimate relations with a subordinate.
“They just removed the director of the IDB, Mexico has a proposal: Alicia Bárcena. She was at the UN, she was director of ECLAC for a long time, she is an exceptional woman”, indicated López Obrador at the National Palace.
The president made the proposal after the IDB opened the process on Wednesday to appoint a new president, two days after the removal of the American Claver-Carone, who lost the trust of the body’s Board of Governors due to his love affair with a subordinate
Bárcena, born in Mexico City in 1952, was the head of ECLAC from 2008 to March 2022, a period in which she established herself as the most influential secretary since the time of Raúl Prebisch, an Argentine who led the organization between 1950 and 1963 .
“Very prepared, with very good relations, with all governments. Of course, it is a proposal, in case straight, professional, conciliatory people are required, there it is”, López Obrador stated.
For the election of the organization, the candidate must obtain a majority of the voting power of the member countries, which varies according to the number of shares held by each member of the ordinary capital of the IDB.
The United States, for example, has the highest voting capacity, 30%, followed by Argentina and Brazil with 11.3%, respectively, and Mexico, with 7.2%.
President López Obrador proposed Bárcena after criticizing international organizations, in particular the Organization of American States (OAS).
He even reproduced the song “La OAS es cosa de risa” (1976) by Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Puebla.
“They do not want to reform, the world has already changed, above all, the mentality of the people has changed, and they follow the same apparatuses and the same policy of domination or economic policy.“, plot.
With information from EFE