US-based agricultural giant Cargill has filed a $130 million claim against Poland at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the World Bank arbitration tribunal. The multinational alleges a breach of a 1994 US-Poland investment treaty. Cargill says it has received treatment less favourable than its competitors in the Polish sugar industry, after changes were made to quotas as a requirement of EU accession.
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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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