* Ocampo: developing world candidates more prepared than US'
* Colombia's Ocampo not standing aside for Nigerian nominee
BRASILIA, April 12 Developing nations aim to
back a single candidate to challenge the United States for the
presidency of the World Bank, former Colombian finance minister
Jose Antonio Ocampo said on Thursday, though he did not offer to
stand aside in his bid for the job.
Ocampo met Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega in the
capital Brasilia as he seeks support from Latin America's top
economy in a three-way race for the global lender's top seat.
Ocampo is running against Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala and U.S. nominee Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American
"We are all keeping an eye on how much support the United
States has and also looking for ways to have a single candidate
for developing nations," Ocampo told reporters in Brasilia.
Ocampo said he and Okonjo-Iweala have more experience and
are better prepared than Kim to immediately take the top post.
When asked if he was planning to pull out of the race to
back the Nigerian, Ocampo said "that's above me because this is
a process that has to do with the ministers and they have to
coordinate what position they will take."
Ocampo was referring to finance ministers for developing
countries like Brazil who are likely to make a decision on a
Brazil has said it wants emerging economic powers to join
forces behind a single candidate as they clamor for a bigger say
at the global lender.
A U.S. citizen has headed the World Bank since it was
created after World War Two.
Kim, known for treating tuberculosis and HIV in poor
nations, has already secured support from Japan and Mexico. He
is expected to garner the backing of Europe to win the race.
A decision on a new leader for the poverty-fighting
organization is expected by the time the World Bank and its
sister organization, the International Monetary Fund, hold
semiannual meetings in Washington on April 20-22.