By Miloš Mitrović – Belgrade
Former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will discuss major economic issues with Serbian highest officials on Tuesday. Strauss-Kahn, who will be advisor of the highest ranking members of Serbian Government in Belgrade will meet Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, as well as Finance Minister Lazar Krstić and Economy Minister Saša Radulović.
During the Government reshuffle negotiations in August, Deputy PM Vučić decided to hire numerous foreign experts in order to strengthen the reformist course particularly in the domains of economy and finances. Among other experts and former foreign officials, Serbian Government will be advised by former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer, who is already in Belgrade.
Despite his Serbian origin, Finance Minister Krstić is also perceived as foreign expert, given the fact that he graduated at the Yale University. His previous job was consultant manager with the McKinsey Company based in New York.
Government did not release any details regarding the meeting with Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday. Last week, Deputy PM Vučić said that Strauss-Kahn will be advisor to Krstić, as well as Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and himself. “We already discussed his future post; Strauss-Kahn was not happy after he realized what is waiting him to deal with. However, he already offered us several solutions with regard to rescheduling of public debt”, Vučić said on Sunday. He refrained from giving further details.
When asked by journalists about the fact that Strauss-Kahn was “under the public scrutiny due to his personal life”, Vučić said that “this has no any connections with his future post, nor it does matter with regard to his reputation as an expert”. „For example, great Picasso treated women and children very bad; some other people like Hitler have loved women. From this perspective you can judge Strauss-Kahn”.
Strauss-Kahn has been the Managing Director of the IMF from 2007, with the backing of his country’s former president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and served in that role until his resignation in 2011 following allegations that he had sexually assaulted a hotel employee. Other allegations followed. He was a professor of economics at Sciences Po and was French Minister of Economy and Finance from 1997 to 1999.