Threats of oil prices rises sparked protests in Nigeria in December. The IMF has put the government under pressure to cease subsidies for oil which it claims distorts the market. The NLC, the main trade union body in Nigeria, opposes the increase on the basis that ordinary Nigerians cannot afford higher fuel prices. The workers carried posters calling for the removal of President Obasanjo’s economic adviser, Philip Asiodu, who is regarded as too pro-IMF. Banners read: “Obasanjo, don’t aggravate our poverty, stop the fuel price increase now”; and “Remove Asiodu, IMF agent in government”. Addressing workers, union leader Adams Oshiomhole said, “We are on a mission to rescue the president [who has] been hijacked by the IMF and the World Bank and the Asiodus. This country belongs to Nigerians.”
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In December 2013, the German Development Institute, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Bretton Woods Project, in collaboration with the G-24, hosted a high-level workshop in Berlin to foster an open exchange on the profound changes in the global economy and the implications for global economic governance and its constituent institutions and members.
Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).