The IFC is considering a US$20 million funding proposal for a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in an industrial estate in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Corporate Watch charges that “the process has been marred by irregularities, behind-the-scenes dealings and a lack of transparency. Local communities already suffer health problems and PVC is a known carcinogen”. Villagers have succeeded in getting the loan decision delayed but the IFC says it still wants to fund the project as PVC pipes are a priority for developing India’s water infrastructure.
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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.
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