Beijing University Professor Named As World Bank Chief Economist
By Chris Devonshire-Ellis
Greater economic understanding of developing countries, Africa, seen as main benefits
By Chris Devonshire-Ellis
Washington, February 8th ? Justin Lin Yifu, of Beijing University China Center for Economic Research, has just been named Chief Economist of the World Bank , the first time a Chinese national has held the position.
Professor Lin was born in 1952 in Taiwan, received a master’s degree from Beijing University, a MBA degree from National Chengchi University, and received a doctorate of economics from the University of Chicago. He served as a professor of the China Center for Economic Research of Beijing University, a facility he co-founded, until 1993.
World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Lin would bring to the bank the perspective of a developing country on agriculture issues, as well as on economic challenges in Africa, where China has aggressively sought trade and investment opportunities.
“As our first chief economist from a developing country, and an expert on economic development and particularly agriculture, Justin Lin brings a unique set of skills and experience to the World Bank Group,” Zoellick said. “I look forward to working closely with him on a number of areas, including growth and investment in Africa, opportunities for South-South learning (between developing countries), and bank instruments to better support countries hit by high energy and agriculture prices,” he said. (more…)
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