Friday, September 25, 2020 | ePaper

Trump candidate for Inter-America bank accuses Argentina of 'obstruction'

  • Print


AFP, Washington :
US President Donald Trump's candidate to head the Inter-American Development Bank said Tuesday he has the backing of the majority of Latin American countries but accused Argentina of trying to "obstruct" his election, with the help of Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica.
Mauricio Claver-Carone told a news conference that 17 countries were supporting him, and denounced the "tactics" of the Argentine government headed by President Alberto Fernandez to try and delay the vote until next year due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
"We are seeing a minority effort, led by Argentina, to hinder the election because they have not been able to present a competitive vision," he said, adding that the United States would resist "any attempt to hijack" the voting.
The remarks by Claver-Carone, the director of Latin American affairs in Trump's National Security Council who is of Cuban descent, were described as "aggressive" by Chile's representative Andres Allamand.
"They confirm that his election would be clearly inadequate," he said on Twitter.
Argentina has pushed for the leadership of the bank - which comprises 48 Latin American, Caribbean, and European nations plus the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea and China - to remain in the hands in Latin American hands. But it made no comment except to reiterate that the vote should be pushed back until March.
"We are immobilized by the pandemic and such a crucial vote should take place in person," said Argentina's representative Felipe Sola, stressing support for his country's candidate Gustavo Beliz.
Costa Rica, which is pushing its former president Laura Chinchilla for the post, backed the Argentinian position, as did Mexico and Chile.

More News For this Category

Midland Bank gets top bosses

Midland Bank gets top bosses

Business Desk :Former Member of Parliament, Nilufer Zafarullah, has been re-elected the Chairman and Md. Shamsuzzaman has been elected the Vice-Chairman of Midland Bank Limited resfectively. The 101th meeting

Humayun for working together to sustain SME sector

Business Desk :Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun on Thursday urged all to work together for sustaining the country's Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)."As a rising economy of the

Inclusive business model needed to lift lower-income group

Business Desk :Development activists have emphasised the importance of an inclusive business model for the improvement of the health, food, nutrition, energy, water and sanitation services of the low-income

IBBL opens 3 Agent Banking Outlets: Dhaka East Zone of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited inaugurated three Agent Banking Outlets at Gabtoli, Pakuria Bazar of Narshingdi and Naljani of Gazipur on Thursday. Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, inaugurated the outlets at virtual platform as chief guest, said a press release. Mohammed Monirul Moula, Additional Managing Director of the Bank and Md. Rafiqul Islam, General Manager of Bangladesh Bank addressed the program as special guest. Mohammod Ullah, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Dhaka East Zone presided over the program. Executives, head of concerned branches, proprietors of the agent outlets, clients, well-wishers and dignitaries attended the function.

IBBL opens 3 Agent Banking Outlets: Dhaka East Zone of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited inaugurated three Agent Banking Outlets at Gabtoli, Pakuria Bazar of Narshingdi and Naljani of Gazipur on Thursday. Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, inaugurated the outlets at virtual platform as chief guest, said a press release. Mohammed Monirul Moula, Additional Managing Director of the Bank and Md. Rafiqul Islam, General Manager of Bangladesh Bank addressed the program as special guest. Mohammod Ullah, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Dhaka East Zone presided over the program. Executives, head of concerned branches, proprietors of the agent outlets, clients, well-wishers and dignitaries attended the function.

.

Stocks end week in marginal gain

Stocks end week in marginal gain

Economic Reporter :Country's both the bourses, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) finished week posting marginal gain although bumpy trade happened due to activeness of investors

JS body for enrolling coconut products as exportable items

BSS, Dhaka :The Parliamentary Standing committee on Agriculture Ministry on Thursday recommended the concerned ministry for taking necessary steps to enroll the coconut products as exportable agricultural items as

Imports fail to rein in onion prices

Business Desk :Onion prices continue to remain high in Dhaka kitchen markets, despite imports coming into this country from neighbouring India.In markets like Anondobazar and Shyambazar, for instance, onions

BB limits credit card interest rate at 20pc

Business Desk :Bangladesh Bank (BB) has set a ceiling of 20 percent interest on credit card bills to protect the interests of customers.The rate will be effective from Oct

DCCI for strengthening supply chain in SMEs

Business Desk :Speakers at a webinar on Thursday observed that a resilient supply chain system in the cottage, micro, small and medium enterprises (CMSMEs) sector will build competitive advantage,

‘Understanding trends, culture crucial for budding entrepreneurs’

Business Desk :Upcoming entrepreneurs must have a good understanding of trends and culture to become successful in the post-Covid-19 world.Finance and banking experts expressed such an opinion at a