(GEN) TURKISH FORMER MINISTER TO PIONEER GLOBAL ECONOMY & DEVELOPMENT WORKS.
Turkey's former state minister Kemal Dervis said he was planning to lead the global economy and development program at the U.S. think-tank, Brookings Institution.
The former administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Dervis has been named as a vice-president of the Washington-based think-tank, the Brookings Institute, and also the director of the Global Economy and Development program in the institution.
He will replace Lael Brainard, who has been nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to be under secretary of the Treasury for international affairs.
"I will also work with Istanbul's Sabanci University and often visit Turkey," Dervis told an exclusive interview with the A.A.
Dervis said that he would work to find solutions to economic problems in the world at the Brookings Institution.
Also, Dervis said he would serve as "a special adviser" to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a G-20 summit upon Ki-moon's request. The summit will begin in London on April 1 and last for two days.
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: Strengthen American democracy;foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans, and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.
Dervis was administrator of the UNDP from August 2005 through February 2009, and also chaired the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all U.N. funds, programs and departments focused on development issues at the country level. At the United Nations, he focused extensively on development policy, economic interdependence, economic governance, climate change, post-conflict recovery, human rights and women?s empowerment.
Prior to his appointment with the United Nations, Dervis was a member of the Turkish Parliament representing Istanbul from November 2002 to June 2005. He also served as minister for economic affairs and the treasury for the Republic of Turkey from March 2001 to August 2002, when he led Turkey?s economic recovery program following the country?s 2001 financial crisis.
Dervis holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and Bachelor and Master?s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics. He has published numerous academic and policy articles as well as several books.
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|Publication:||Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)|
|Date:||Mar 31, 2009|
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