Lusaka: Turning down the media report that she is going to join World Bank, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said she is "not pursuing" the top job at the World Bank.

"I'm not pursuing that position," Clinton said when asked about a report by a news agency that she is considering applying for the job after completing her term as top US diplomat next year.

"I am absolutely dedicated to my service as secretary of state," she added, speaking on the sidelines of African trade talks here aimed at removing barriers within the continent and between it and the United States.

A new agency said Clinton is in discussions with the White House to quit her job next year and take over as head of the World Bank, replacing Robert Zoellick, should he leave at the end of his term in mid-2012.

According to a media report the United States is studying Clinton's possible candidacy for head of the World Bank, where an American has traditionally held the top job.

But senior officials in President Barack Obama's administration have denied the report, with one close advisor to Clinton, Philippe Reines, calling it "100 per cent untrue."

(Agencies)