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US nominee for World Bank job to visit 7 countries
US nominee for World Bank presidency to begin seven-country global campaign tour
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The U.S. Treasury Department says Jim Young Kim, the Obama administration's nominee to head the World Bank, is starting a global tour to promote his candidacy with stops in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Treasury said that Kim, the president of Dartmouth College, would begin his "listening tour" on Tuesday. He will meet with finance ministers and government officials in seven countries with stops planned in Ethiopia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Brazil and Mexico. He will wrap up the trip on April 9.

Kim's nomination for the World Bank job was announced Friday by President Barack Obama. He is competing against candidates from Nigeria and Colombia, but he is considered a heavy favorite for the World Bank post, which has always gone to an American.

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