IDB governors define the future of Mauricio Claver-Carone

Mauricio Claver-Carone (BLoomberg) (Tarina Rodriguez/)

After, as reported by the agency APthe executive directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), decided recommend the dismissal of Mauricio Claver-Carone as president of the Washington-based institution, now the governors of the entity must define the future of the American leader.

The CEOs’ move came after an investigation at the request of the bank’s board of directors found that Claver-Carone had broken internal ethics standards, according to a report obtained by AP.

After the dissemination of the decision of the executive directors, also reported by the agency ReutersClaver-Carone assured that “it is disgraceful that the United States commented to the press before notifying me and that Treasury does not defend Americans against what is clearly fabricated information. It is beyond satire that China found its way into the IDB during the Obama administration and is now being handed it back to it on a silver platter by Biden officials, days after the initial malicious anonymous campaign was shown to be baseless. ”.

The recommendation to remove Claver-Carone came at a closed-door meeting of the 14 executive directors of the bank, according to the person quoted by AP, who insisted on not being named. The final decision to fire Claver-Carone now rests with the finance officials who sit on the Board of Governors representing the bank’s 48 member countries.

Meeting Sergio Massa - Mauricio Claver Carone

Now, according to agency reports Reutersdirectors will begin voting tomorrow, on a decision that could stretch until next Tuesday.

According to APAmong those pushing for Claver-Carone to be removed is the Biden administration, which has said it is concerned about Claver-Carone’s refusal to cooperate fully with an independent investigation. That is why the North American leader lamented “that the United States have commented to the press before notifying me.”

“Creating a climate of fear to retaliation between staff and borrowing countries has eroded the confidence of Bank staff and shareholders and requires a change in leadership”, a Treasury Department spokesman told AP.

The AP obtained the confidential investigative report conducted by a law firm retained by the bank’s board of directors to investigate an anonymous allegation of misconduct against Claver-Carone

Mauricio Claver-Carone (AFP)
Mauricio Claver-Carone (AFP) (MAGALI CERVANTES/)

Claver-Carone has disputed the veracity of the report, strongly denouncing the way the review was conducted and offering no hint that he is considering resigning.

According to the researchers, he has denied having had – now or before – a romantic relationship with his right hand of all life.

His chief of staff denied the allegations. of the anonymous complaint and told investigators that he had never violated the IDB’s code of ethics, according to the report. In a brief submitted to investigators, he also complained that he had been denied due process.

“Neither I nor any other IDB staff member has had the opportunity to review the final investigation report, respond to its findings, or correct any inaccuracies,” Claver-Carone said in a statement Tuesday.

The Inter-American Development Bank is the largest multilateral lender to Latin America, disbursing up to 23,000 millions of dollars each year in efforts to alleviate poverty in the region.

The United States is the largest shareholder in the Washington-based bank, and the election of Claver-Carone as head of the IDB in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency broke with the decades-long tradition of a Latin American running the bank.

Some of the more salacious claims referenced in the report could not be substantiated by New York-based Davis Polk. Still, Davis Polk criticized Claver-Carone and his chief of staff for not fully cooperating with his investigation, calling it a violation of the bank’s policies and principles.

For example, the report says that Claver-Carone did not turn over his bank-issued mobile phone for analysis, although he did provide a forensic report by a consultant. Claver-Carone also did not share messages from her personal phone or Gmail account with her chief of staff, according to the report.

“Particularly in light of their lack of cooperation, it would be reasonable to conclude that evidence of a prior relationship, and additional circumstantial evidence of a current relationship while both were at the Bank, constitute a violation of applicable Bank policies,” it said. The report.

Claver-Carone, when confronted with photos of the purported “contract” during an interview this month, told investigators he had never seen the document and denied it was his handwriting or signature. She claimed that the document was fraudulent and that it was part of a plan by her assistant’s ex-husband to harm her.

In a letter to the bank’s general counsel, seen by the AP, the chief of staff’s attorneys said her ex-husband had a history of cruelty and revenge that was raised in their divorce proceedings. They said any evidence she provided to investigators should not be considered credible.

However, two independent handwriting experts, one of whom previously worked for the FBI, concluded that there was a high probability that the handwriting on the placemat – shown in the report – matched the Claver-Carone handwriting in the documents. banking. Claver-Carone refused to submit a sample of her handwriting as part of the investigation, according to the report.

(With information from AP)

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