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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                      (San Francisco, California)
For Immediate Release                                  February 26, 1999
                   AS U.S. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE 

The President announced today his intent to nominate Larry Harrington as U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Mr. Harrington, of Tennessee, has served as Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank since his appointment in June 1995. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Harrington practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Hawkins, Delafield, and Wood. In addition to his work in the private sector, he has led and participated in democracy and development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. As a member of the Transition Team, he authored recommendations for the Clinton/Gore Administration on the Inter-American Development Bank and other regional institutions. In 1994, he was appointed by the President to the Enterprise for the Americas Board. Among his other experiences, Mr. Harrington has served on the Board of Visitors of the Organization for Tropical Studies, headquartered at Duke University and San Jose, Costa Rica, in addition to working in several positions as a legislative assistant and counsel to Vice President Al Gore when he served in the House of Representatives and Senate.

Mr. Harrington has practiced law in Tennessee, as well as in the District of Columbia. He has also served as a law clerk for a United States District Judge while in Nashville. He earned his B.A. degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1974, and his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt Law School in 1979.

The Inter-American Development Bank is an international financial institution founded to aid in the social and economic development of its member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Bank's Fund is administered by the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank.