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Old Biases Hard to Shed in IFIs Trade and Investment Approach (October 2010)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Oct 6, 2010

Old Biases Hard to Shed in IFIs Trade and Investment Approach (October 2010)

In this article, appeared in issue No. 72 of Bretton Woods Update -- a publication of the UK-based Bretton Woods Project--, Aldo Caliari examines a World Bank’s recent launch of its Investing Across Borders report. 

The report, he argues, is part of a worrisome trend that involves the Bank’s growing use of tools other than conditionality to restrict the space for countries to pursue alternative, country-tailored development strategies.

Rules liberalizing financial services, an obstacle to anti-crisis efforts (March 2009)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Mar 29, 2009

Rules liberalizing financial services, an obstacle to anti-crisis efforts (March 2009)

In the last few months, more analysts have come to agree on the undoubtedly global reach of the financial crisis, and estimate it rivals the seriousness of the 1930s Great Depression. This article reviews a growing number of reports that are documenting the threat that financial services liberalization provisions in a number of treaties pose to the ability of countries to either counteract the crisis or even take the most minimal protecting measures to mitigate its effects.

FFD more relevant to developing countries' trade than the Doha Trade Round, says COC (November 2008)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Dec 8, 2008

FFD more relevant to developing countries' trade than the Doha Trade Round, says COC (November 2008)

Speaking at the Roundtable 3, on Trade, of the Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development, Center of Concern staff, Aldo Caliari, spoke about the imperative need for the Financing for Development Process to address real problems that developing countries face in engaging in the trade system, problems that are not even on the agenda of the Doha Trade Round.

Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development (Roundtable 3, Trade) 

Statement by Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern 

Review of IMF Work on Trade: is the IEO listening ? (November 2008)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Nov 13, 2008

Review of IMF Work on Trade: is the IEO listening ? (November 2008)

The IEO final issues paper for the Evaluation of the IMF Approach to International Trade (“the IEO Paper”) was released during the summer, and is posted at http://www.ieo-imf.org/eval/ongoing/Trade_IP.pdf. Previously, a number of CSOs had submitted a paper with comments on the original paper (“the CSO Comments”) , posted at  http://www.coc.org/system/files/IEO+Evaluation-Comments-Final-05-08.pdf.

The article is a quick survey of highlights that emerge in assessing the final IEO issues paper for the evaluation from the standpoint of the comments submitted at that time.

Poor Not Benefitting from World Bank Trade Policies

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Mar 23, 2006

Poor Not Benefitting from World Bank Trade Policies

A report from the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group confirms that trade liberalization has indeed failed to benefit the poor, in large measure because liberalization advocates did not "fully take the external environment into account sufficiently, and thus did not distinguish the impact of external trade policies and shocks on trade outcomes for different groups of developing countries.

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