Ahluwalia named EVO head
In a press release dated April 23, the IMF announced that Montek Singh Ahluwalia of India has accepted the offer of the IMF’s Executive Board and will become the first Director of the IMF’s independent Evaluation Office (EVO), effective August 2001.
Ahluwalia is a member of the Indian Planning Commission and of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. He was Finance Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of India between 1993 and 1998 and has held a range of senior policy positions within the Indian government. A prominent economist who has written and spoken extensively on national and international economic issues, Ahluwalia has also worked at the World Bank.
The Executive Board had agreed on April 10, 2000, that an independent EVO would be established (see Press Release No. 00/27) and that the Director of the EVO would report regularly to the Executive Board on the findings of the unit.
Documents related to the establishment of the EVO are available on the IMF’s website (www.imf.org/external/np/eval/index.htm). The full texts of Press Release Nos. 01/13, 01/17, and 00/27 are also available on the IMF’s website (www.imf.org).