In a departure from tradition, this year’s Bankspeak marks an exemplary case of the Bank clarifying a previously fuzzy concept. At this year’s annual meetings in Singapore, just as several dozen accredited civil society participants were being refused entry, held for questioning or deported, the Bank’s PR machine trumpeted the findings from the Doing Business report that the host nation was the “most business-friendly economy in the world 2005/6”. So now we know what business-friendly means.
Review maintains inadequate and inconsistent approach to economic and gender inequality, as well as climate change.
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