Need more time to weigh data-rigging details, says IMF board

According to the allegations, World Bank employees were pressured to alter data affecting its business-climate rankings of China and other nations. in 2018 from Kristalina Georgieva was the head of the agency.

Published - October 09, 2021 09:01 am IST - Washington

Kristalina Georgieva. File

Kristalina Georgieva. File

The International Monetary Fund says it needs more time to weigh its response to a law firm's findings that the agency's managing director was involved in data-rigging at the World Bank when she was a top official there.

The fund's executive board met on Friday, October 8, 2021, to consider the results of an investigation that found that in 2018, World Bank employees were pressured to alter data affecting its business-climate rankings of China and other nations. At the time, current IMF head Kristalina Georgieva was a top official at the World Bank.

The allegations of data-rigging come from a review conducted by the WilmerHale law firm that found Ms. Georgieva pressured the bank's economists to improve China's ranking at a time when she and other bank officials were attempting to persuade China to support a boost in the World Bank's funding resources.

Ms. Georgieva has denied any wrongdoing amid calls that she should resign from her position at the IMF.

The Washington-based IMF's board issued a short statement Friday saying that it had agreed to "request more clarifying details with a view to very soon concluding its consideration of the matter.”

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