Mr. Chairman, Governors, honored guests, it is a pleasure to welcome you to these meetings on behalf of the International Monetary Fund. I would also like to extend a special welcome to my friend and colleague Bob Zoellick, and to thank him for his inspiring speech. Bob’s words make it clear that the Fund and the Bank are united by a common purpose—to serve the interests of the people of our member countries—and also a common commitment to reform. Welcome Bob.
Mr. Chairman, Governors, and Distinguished Guests: I am pleased to welcome you to our Annual Meetings. I would like to express my special appreciation to our Chairman, Karim Djoudi, for these meetings and to Augustón Carstens, for his leadership of the Development Committee, as well as for his fine counsel as I assumed this new post.