Press Release: Statement by IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on the Death of Alexandre Kafka

November 30, 2007

Press Release No. 07/280

Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement today:

"I am saddened to learn of the death of Alexandre Kafka, whom we remember for his deep and committed service to the international community as an Executive Director of the IMF for more than three decades. On behalf of Alexandre's many friends and former colleagues at the Fund, I would like to extend condolences to his family.

"Mr. Kafka's relationship with the Fund spanned over half a century, starting in 1949 when he joined the institution as Assistant Chief of the Latin American Division. His

most notable achievements were during his service on the Executive Board. For 32 years, including 21 as the dean of the Board, he represented Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Panama, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago. Mr. Kafka played an important role in efforts to strengthen the international monetary system by promoting a truly global partnership among the more and less economically advanced countries. During his career, he was committed to multilateralism, and was a keen advocate for the Fund and its staff. His leadership and enthusiasm greatly contributed to the foundations of this institution."

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