As if the debate on Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) at the WTO wasn’t heated enough, the World Bank has decided to up the temperature a little with its own, highly partisan, contribution.
A coalition of NGOs have drafted suggestions for the work agenda for the WTO working group on trade, debt and finance.
New Bretton Woods Update feature providing readers with an easy-to-understand summary of the Bank’s work on trade, relevant contacts and web information.
The Bank’s role in trade capacity building affords enormous influence over the hearts and minds of trade policy makers and the way in which trade is mainstreamed into national development plans. The initial experience of the Integrated Framework programme shows that there is reason for concern.
The release of Development, Trade and the WTO: A Handbook signals the World Bank’s rapidly increasing involvement in trade issues, triggering fears that its policy biases will gain too influential a foothold.
Africa Regional Director for the ILO, Regina Amadi-Njoku, at a trade union conference in Nairobi, said globalisation was responsible for the decline of Africa’s status in the global economy.
Around two hundred parliamentarians from Europe, Asia and Africa gathered in Switzerland.
Meeting with Rick Rowden, RESULTS, 31 May 2002
The World Bank and IMF spring meetings in Washington attracted praise from some NGO campaigners and anger from street protesters.
Joint Civil Society Statement Originally Prepared For Donor Pledging Meeting
The heads of six major international institutions met to discuss their roles in trade policy formulation. They agreed that the World Bank should play a “lead role”, ensuring that trade policy reform is a major part of PRSPs. NGOs released a statement of concern about official approaches to trade policy capacity building, but donors allocated more money.
As the World Bank prepares a number of documents for the next big summit - on Sustainable Development - independent researchers have set out an agenda for international institutional reforms.