Trade-finance coherence

Trade

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A bottom-line perspective on the Doha development agenda

Highlights of a joint World Bank-IMF-civil society session, where NGOs and the Bank and Fund debated IFI plans to support the WTO Doha round of trade negotiations.

24 September 2005

Trade

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Fund economists whistle different trade tune

In two recent papers, Fund economists have questioned the institution's strict adherence to the free trade doctrine.

12 September 2005

Accountability

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G8 cancellation of World Bank, IMF debt: "step forward"

Finance ministers of the world's richest countries agreed to write off $40 to $55 billion of debts owed to the World Bank, IMF and African Development Bank. Statements on aid effectiveness and trade in the final communiqu

13 June 2005

Trade

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IFIs on trade: “enormous investment” but to what end?

The World Bank's international trade unit presented a progress report to the board in early March describing an enormous increase in investment in trade-related analysis which it is now looking to translate in to new lending - a serious concern for analysts who feel the Bank and Fund have got it wrong on trade.

10 April 2005

Land

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Bank on agricultural trade: export strategy “impoverishing”

The latest World Bank publication on agricultural trade finds that a "development strategy based on agricultural commodity exports is likely to be impoverishing in the current policy environment".

2 February 2005

Trade

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Bankspeak of the year 2004

2004 was a bumper year for new acronyms from the masters of the art form. But three new outstanding additions deserve special mention.

26 January 2005 | Humour

Trade

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Report on investment “promotes interests of the north”

Researchers at the Geneva-based South Centre have argued that the Bank's latest World Development Report, oversells the benefits of foreign direct investment, advocates the restriction of government policy space, and promotes the agenda of northern countries in trade and investment agreements.

21 September 2004

Trade

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Bank trade hymn out of tune once again

Pouring cold water on a progressive trade proposal from the EU, the Bank's trade director has once again crossed the boundary from advocacy into ideology.

26 July 2004

Accountability

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Parliamentarians’ trade working group

On 20 April, the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank launched a working group on international trade.

24 May 2004

IFI governance

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Bank trade evaluation: assume the position

The World Bank Operations Evaluation Department's plan for an evaluation of Bank assistance on trade shies away from many of the key issues according to ChristianAid.

24 May 2004