South Africa's Kganyago to chair IMF advisory panel

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago was named on Thursday to chair the International Monetary Fund's main policy advisory panel for the next three years, the IMF said on Thursday.

Kganyago's three-year term as chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) starts on Jan. 18. He succeeds Agustin Carstens, former governor of Mexico's central bank.

The IMFC had long been led by Europeans, and briefly by a Canadian, but a push in 2008 by emerging economies to have a greater say in global institutions led to changes.

Egypt's former finance minister, Youssef Boutros-Ghali, in 2008 was the first finance minister from a large developing country to hold the post. It is comprised of 24 finance ministers and central bankers and is the Fund's main advisory body.

Kganyago's appointment comes as economists are forecasting that 2018 will mark the first year since the Great Recession that the world economy will be near or achieve full growth potential. The IMF is expected to release its updated outlook for world economic growth on Monday. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)