Friends of the Earth Slovakia has complained about the World Bank’s requirement that the government agree a programme with the IMF before it can access Bank loans.
The IMF has told the transition government in Cote d’Ivoire that it should cut government spending after finding that spending was more than double the level agreed by the former president, who was overthrown in December 1999.
In Malawi in May, a peaceful official demonstration, led by the Congress of Trades Unions, against IMF and World Bank reform policies and calling for the government to consider peoples’ needs before conceding to donors’ demands was broken-up by police with tear gas.
The IMF has suspended lending to Moldova because the parliament has refused to allow the state-run wine and tobacco industries to be privatized.
An IMF team has started a review of the conditions it applied to bail out South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Brazil.
The debate on the roles of the Bank and Fund looks set to accelerate.
Sri Lankan NGOs wrote to their President in May urging him to open up the annual Aid Group meeting at the end of May.
A US Congress commission, which reported in March, called for major cut backs in World Bank and IMF activities.
African heads of state met in Libreville, Gabon in January to discuss the economic agenda for Africa in the new millennium.
A South Korean court has rejected a lawsuit filed by a group of labour unions against the IMF for alleged policy mistakes.