World Bank Governor
Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and Minister of Economic Affairs, represents Switzerland 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. Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, serves as Alternate Governor.
World Bank Executive Director
The Governor delegates responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day business of Switzerland’s interests at the Bank to the Executive Director (ED) for Switzerland. EDs reside in Washington and normally meet twice a week to decide on borrowing and financial questions, projects, and policies that impact World Bank Group general operations. Switzerland’s ED also represents Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Jörg Frieden (Switzerland) is the current ED representing the constituency on the 25-member World Bank Board of Executive Directors, and Wieslaw Leonard Szczuka (Poland) 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.
Switzerland holds 1.65% of shares in the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, with 1.59% of the voting power. It has 1.07% of the voting power in the International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries. It holds 1.83% of the shares and 1.76% of the voting power in the International Finance Corporation, the Bank’s private sector arm. And it has 1.49% of the shares and 1.32% of the voting power in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.
The Executive Director representing Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan has a 3.03% voting share on the IBRD board, a 4.48% voting share on the International Development Association board, a 2.94% share on the International Finance Corporation board, and a 3.14 % share on the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency board.
For the latest voting status, please visit the Voting Powers page.
For information on Switzerland’s aid flows as a donor, please visit the Aid Flows Switzerland donor page.