East Asia & Pacific

Infrastructure

News

TOP SECRET: Bank strategy on Asian private infrastructure

The impact of the East Asia crisis on private infrastructure projects has been comparatively little discussed.

15 December 1999

Rights

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China arrests project monitors

On 15 August the Chinese Government arrested three people for trying to investigate the World Bank Western Poverty Project.

15 September 1999

Conditionality

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PNG Government avoids conditionality

Relations between the Bank and the government of Papua New Guinea were strained in July by the government’s decision to issue bonds to raise money from the private sector.

15 September 1999

Conditionality

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WB-IMF orthodoxy rivalled by Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), led by its new head Masaru Yoshitomi, has mounted an attack on the IMF’s use of conventional policies for dealing with the crisis in Asia and plans to hold meetings and seminars to challenge the IMF’s approach at the Bank/Fund annual meetings.

15 September 1999

Accountability

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IMF and Bank failed to spot Indonesia corruption

The International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) has criticised the Bank and Fund for failing to properly supervise the use of loan funds which were intended to help refinance the shattered banking sector.

15 September 1999

Rights

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Call to halt aid after Timorese massacres

Massacres perpetrated and condoned by the Indonesian army have led to calls to halt World Bank and IMF aid programmes to Indonesia.

15 September 1999

Land

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Oil-Palm Watch

Indonesian NGOs, concerned about the spread of oil palm plantations since the onslaught of the crisis, have formed “Sawat (Oil Palm) Watch”.

15 September 1999

IFI governance

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World Bank appoints senior policy compliance advisor

The World Bank Group has appointed the first IFC/MIGA Compliance Advisor/Ombudsperson.

15 June 1999

Land

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Indonesian farmers criticise Bank project

The Yayasan Duta Awam Foundation (YDA) has conducted a 15 month grassroots investigation of the Bank-financed Integrated Swamps Development Project.

15 June 1999

Rights

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Poverty project endangers Tibetans

In early June the World Bank rushed to defend the proposed China Western Poverty Project from charges that it would disrupt the lives of ethnic Tibetans and had undergone too limited environmental scrutiny.

15 June 1999

Accountability

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Indonesian NGOs criticise safety net, oppose new loans

In response to concerns that ruling party Golkar would misuse World Bank funds for election purposes, the Bank and IMF agreed in May to put new loans into a special Bank of Indonesia account.

15 June 1999

Knowledge

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Democracy and civil society rise up Bank’s agenda

At the end of February the World Bank and the Government of Korea hosted a conference entitled Democracy, Market Economy and Development.

15 March 1999