Bangladesh minister to World Bank: “Stop dictating”

30 September 2010

In a June parliamentary speech, the Bangladesh agriculture minister vehemently attacked the World Bank’s role in the country’s affairs. Minister Matia Chowdhury, of the centre-left Awami League party, spoke out after the Bank’s acting country director, Zahid Hossain, expressed a preference for data provided by the country’s Bureau of Statistics – which is receiving Bank finance – over that of the agriculture ministry, despite errors in the Bureau’s recent reporting. Addressing the Bank, Matia said, “You are promoting incompetence. … Whose interest are you looking after? You have not been sent to secure anyone’s interest. Stop dictating.”