KENYA’S PRESIDENT NOMINATES IMF ADVISER AS CENTRAL BANK CHIEF

KENYATTA---CopyKenya’s president has picked an IMF adviser, Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, as the next central bank governor, pending approval by parliament, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

Njoroge is an adviser to a deputy managing director at the Washington-based International Monetary Fund, has been named to lead the bank at a time when the shilling has come under heavy pressure because of the global strength of the dollar, falling foreign exchange revenues and a widening current account deficit.

Manoah Esipisu, the president’s spokesman, said Njoroge’s name was being put forward by President Uhuru Kenyatta for “vetting and approval” by parliament.

The president had been given a shortlist of three names after official interviews by the Public Service Commission, in charge of recruiting government staff.

His choice is expected to be approved by parliament, in which Kenyatta’s Jubilee coalition has a majority.
Njoroge, who has a PhD in Economics from Yale University, would replace Njuguna Ndung’u whose term ended in March.

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