7 March, 10:57

Christine Lagarde: 'I'll put my skills and experience to serve the IMF'

Christine Lagarde: 'I'll put my skills and experience to serve the IMF'
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Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde, a French lawyer and Union for a Popular Movement politician, has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since 5 July 2011. Previously, she held various ministerial posts in the French government: she was Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Employment and before that Minister of Agriculture and Fishing and Minister of Trade.

Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy, and is the first woman to head the IMF. In 2009, the Financial Times ranked her the best Minister of Finance in the Eurozone.

I am not here to represent the interest of any given region of the world, but rather the entire membership, in full accordance with the International Monetary Fund’s mission statement as laid out in the Articles of Agreement. I stand here as a woman, hoping to add to the diversity and balance of this institution. I stand here as former head of an international law firm with a dedication to integrity, to the highest moral standards and a belief in participative management. I stand here as a Finance Minister who has been tested in times of crisis. I stand here as a former Chair of the European Union Ecofin Council and of the G20 Finance Meetings, with a widely-recognized track record and acknowledged leadership abilities. I would like to put these skills and experience at work to serve the International Monetary Fund.

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