The World Bank’s board of directors recently approved an investment guarantee for the $590 million West Africa gas pipeline in November, despite strong civil society resistance. The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Western Niger Delta area of Nigeria, to Togo, Benin and Ghana. After funding the initial feasibility studies for the pipeline in 1992, the Bank has now provided a $125 million investment guarantee to encourage private investors to come up with the remaining $465 million. Friends of the Earth Nigeria charge that the pipeline “is being implemented in total disregard of environmental and livelihood concerns of Nigerian communities.”
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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