World Bank Governor
Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt represents Belgium on the World Bank Board of Governors, the Bank’s senior decision-making body. The Governors, usually Ministers of Finance or Development, meet twice a year. They have the power to admit and suspend members of the World Bank Group, increase or decrease the authorized capital stock, determine the distribution of the net income of the Bank, and decide on the World Bank Group’s overall strategic direction. Mr Jan Smets, Governor of the National Bank of Belgium, serves as Alternate Governor.
World Bank Executive Director
The Governor delegates responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day business of Belgium’s interests at the Bank to the Executive Director (ED) for Belgium. EDs reside in Washington and normally meet twice a week to decide on borrowing and financial questions, projects and policies that impact the World Bank Group’s general operations. Belgium’s representation on the Boards of IBRD, IFC, IDA, and MIGA is shared with Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Turkey. Frans Godts is the ED representing Belgium on the 25-member World Bank Board of Executive Directors, and Sefa Pamuksuz (Turkey) is the Alternate Executive Director.
Shares and Voting Power
The World Bank Group has a weighted system of voting. All members of the Bank receive votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of the Bank's capital stock held by the member) plus basic votes (calculated so that the sum of all basic votes is equal to 5.55% of the sum of basic votes and share votes for all members). The voting power distribution differs from agency to agency within the World Bank Group.
Belgium holds 1.62% of shares in the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, with 1.56% of the voting power. It has 1.12% of the voting power in the International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries. It holds 2.02% of the shares and 1.94% of the voting power in the International Finance Corporation, the Bank’s private sector arm. And it has 2.02% of the shares and 1.74% of the voting power in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.
The executive director representing Belgium, Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Turkey has a 5.08% voting share on the IBRD board, a 5.03% share on the International Finance Corporation board, and 4.86 % share on the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency board, and a 4.69% voting share on the International Development Association board.
For the latest voting status, please visit the Voting Powers page.
For information on Belgium’s aid flows as a donor, please visit the Aid Flows Belgium donor page.
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2015