The World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), in June approved a $45 million loan to help Glamis Gold Ltd. develop a gold mine in western Guatemala. The mine is currently under construction and is expected to start production in 2006. The IFC said it will also help plan and implement the environmental and social programmes for the mine by working with the company, non-governmental groups and community leaders. Campaigners say that Glamis Gold has a “dismal record” on community rights.
The IMF and the World Bank are increasingly engaged with the challenge of addressing how tax avoidance and evasion affect developing countries, but need to address the role played by multinational enterprises and tax havens in exacerbating inequality and undermining countries’ domestic revenues.
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