The IMF is critical of the Indonesian’s government’s decentralization plans, which it believes could lead to excessive borrowing by regional governments. The government is in talks with the IMF to find ways to implement its new regional autonomy law. The IMF, apparently frustrated by the political situation and the slow pace of reforms, has withheld a loan installment of US$440m. Local media report that Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid said that the IMF “must learn the art of compromise”.
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New Bretton Woods Project report reveals World Bank Group channelling crucial development resources to banks instead of directly investing in pro-poor projects.
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.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).