East Asia & Pacific

Finance

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Little change in new IMF Indonesian programme

A revised programme agreed between the Indonesian government and the IMF in September has led to few changes.

26 October 2000

Rights

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Human rights abuses in Indonesia

In a letter to Bank President, James Wolfensohn, the Japanese Network for Indonesian Democracy, called for the Indonesian Consultative Group meeting, scheduled for 17-18th October in Japan, to be postponed until the human rights situation improved.

26 October 2000

Rights

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China project shakes Bank

The campaign by pro-Tibetan and other groups to press the World Bank to drop the China Western Poverty Project caused a major political battle at the institution during June.

11 August 2000

WB/IMF roles

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Asian Monetary Fund Shelved

In March, finance ministers from the South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) postponed plans to create an Asian Monetary Fund after pressure from the IMF and the US government.

14 June 2000

Rights

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Panel Slams Bank On China Project

The Wall Street Journal ran an article on 4 May stating that “the World Bank badly mishandled an anti-poverty project that would resettle 58,000 Chinese farmers onto hotly disputed farmlands traditionally inhabited by ethnic Tibetans, according to a report by an internal bank watchdog panel”.

14 June 2000

Infrastructure

News

Pak Mun Dam Controversy Fuelled

The Thai authorities and the World Bank, the main funders for the Pak Mun dam project, hailed the dam as a big success, but the World Commission on Dams (WCD) recently released a critical evaluation.

14 June 2000

Conditionality

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Sri Lankan appeal on aid transparency

Sri Lankan NGOs wrote to their President in May urging him to open up the annual Aid Group meeting at the end of May.

14 June 2000

Rights

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Jakarta activists call for local initiatives

NGO activists in Jakarta wrote an open letter to World Bank President James Wolfensohn in February, asking him to meet directly with the people to hear their own solutions to reverse Indonesia’s economic decline based on small-scale, local initiatives.

15 April 2000

Infrastructure

News

Thai villagers condemn Wolfensohn refusal

The President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn, in Thailand in February for the UNCTAD meeting, refused to accept a letter from villagers affected by the Bank-backed Pak Mun Dam.

15 April 2000

Infrastructure

News

World Bank urges Laos to reform

The World Bank said in late February that it would not guarantee the billion-dollar Nam Theun II dam in Laos until the government commits itself to significant political and economic reforms.

15 April 2000

Conditionality

News

Korean workers lawsuit against IMF thrown out

A South Korean court has rejected a lawsuit filed by a group of labour unions against the IMF for alleged policy mistakes.

15 April 2000

Rights

News

Thai activists accuse IMF of neglecting poor

In February, about 300 activists from the Student Federation of Thailand, the Forum of the Poor and labour groups burnt effigies of IMF managing-director Michel Camdessus and some Thai politicians in a protest in Bangkok where officials were attending the UNCTAD-X meeting.

15 April 2000