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Candidates for OECD's top job increase

July 11, 2005 at 1:19 PM

PARIS, July 11 (UPI) -- Competition for the top job at Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is building with three countries already nominating citizens.

Poland, Mexico and South Korea have nominated high-profile candidates for the post of OECD secretary-general, but more contenders could emerge this week from Japan, the United States and France, the Financial Times reported Monday.

The most senior candidate nominated is Marek Belka, prime minister of Poland. Mexico has named Angel Gurria, a respected former finance minister, and South Korea has nominated Han Seung-soo, a highly regarded former diplomat and minister, who was president of the U.N. General Assembly in 2001-02.

Among challenges facing the eventual winner is whether the group of 30 richest nations should admit more countries, like Russia, China, Brazil and India, as members to reflect changes in the world's economy.

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