The French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde, a candidate for the general management of the IMF, will fly to Washington, on Tuesday, where she must stay until Thursday, said the ministry on Friday.
By the end of the month, 24 members of the Board of the IMF, including Koosi Assimaidou (photo) of Togo, which represents 24 African countries, must choose "consensus" or, alternatively, by a vote, the successor of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The French Minister of Economy who is a favorite figure of the only other candidate, the Mexican Agustin Carstens.
Lagarde has the support of the European Union, which has a dominant share of votes in the Board of Directors.
The 24 African countries represented by Mr. Assimaidou should provide support for Ms. Lagarde, unless a last-minute turnaround.