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IMF names 2nd Chinese to senior post at body

By Wang Yanlin (Shanghai Daily)

10:00, March 09, 2012

The International Monetary Fund yesterday named Lin Jianhai as its secretary, making him the second Chinese national to hold an important position in the body.

"Jianhai has had a wide-ranging Fund career in both country and policy work," Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, said in a statement. "This breadth of experience has been of particular benefit to the IMF, where Jianhai's skill in building consensus among staff, management and our global membership has been essential for the productive work of the Executive Board during one of the most challenging periods in the Fund's history."

Lin, 57, has been acting director of the Secretary's Department of the IMF since November. The department has operational responsibility for the 24-member Executive Board of the IMF, and also serves as a contact point with the IMF's 187 member countries on institutional matters.

Lin's appointment will take effect on March 22. He joined the IMF in 1989 after working in finance and academia.

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