Statement on the draft The International Financial Organizations (Amendment) Act-2004 to provide immunity

By voice - Posted on 30 November 2005

1. The government of Bangladesh has drafted a law regarding giving Immunity to the World Bank from all legal procedures of the country, which will be presented in the next September session of the Parliament for its approval. The law will be named as The International Financial Organization (Amendment) Act-2004.
2. In order to operate in the partner- countries Word Bank has to follow an Article of Agreement, which has approval from its Board of Directors. As per this article a law in the name of The International Financial Organization (Amendment) Act-1972, is already exists in the country. Under this law, a variety of facilities have been made available for the World Bank. For example, World Bank does not need to pay tax to the countries for it's income and properties, no legal action can be taken against any staff if he or she carries any activities as per
the order of the world bank, no immigration laws can be applied for it's non-local staff.

WTO’s attempt to control agri issues condemned

By voice - Posted on 29 October 2005

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Staff Correspondent - Daily Star

Speakers at a study circle have condemned the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for its 'unjust and undemocratic' attempt to control agricultural issues.
Voice, a research and advocacy forum, organised the study circle titled 'WTO ministerial conference, agreement on agriculture and farmers' rights' at Haji Osman Ali School auditorium in Mymensingh on Thursday.
Chaired by KM Shamsul Alam, headmaster of the school, the study circle was attended by local civil society members, teachers, students, farmers, trade union leaders and representatives from professional bodies.

The speakers laid emphasis on opposing strongly the WTO-imposed unjust trade and role of multinational companies.

Call for citizens’ movement against WB immunity bill; Political, economic interests in peril, observe civil society groups

By voice - Posted on 15 May 2005

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

A government move to grant legal immunity to the World Bank is detrimental to the political and economic interests of the country and the citizens believing in national sovereignty and uninterrupted economic growth should, therefore, put up serious resistance against the move.
   The observation was made by different civil society groups representing economists, lawyers, journalists, development activists, industrial workers, human rights activists and peasant groups on Saturday at a seminar that came to consensus that the International Financial Organisations (Amendment) Bill providing legal immunity to the World Bank be withdrawn immediately.

WB seeks immunity as its actions go against people: Speakers tell discussion

By voice - Posted on 15 May 2005

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Staff Correspondent - Daily Star

The World Bank (WB) seeks blanket immunity in Bangladesh just to protect itself from any legal proceedings against its anti-people activities, speakers said at a discussion at the LGED Bhaban in the city yesterday.
The WB must not be treated as a UN organisation, as it is a banking institution, they said at the discussion organised by Alliance against World Bank Immunity in the wake of possible passage of The International Financial Organisations (Amendment) Act, 2004.
An amendment to The International Financial Organisations Order of 1972, likely to be passed in the parliament, will provide the Bank with "immunity from every form of legal process."
"The WB is eager for immunity as it is aware that its actions go against people's interests,' said Mohammad Zakaria of Action Aid Bangladesh.

Govt urged not to move WB legal immunity bill

By voice - Posted on 09 May 2005

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

The Alliance against World Bank Immunity on Sunday brought out a procession from the Central Shaheed Minar, demanding of the government not to pass the International Financial Organisations Act that will grant blanket immunity to the multilateral lending agency.
Members of the alliance also held a rally near the High Court at the end of the procession.

Call for PRSP draft amendment

By voice - Posted on 11 February 2005

Friday, Feb 11, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

The National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction, draft of which has already been made, might further worsen the poverty situation by widening the existing gap between the poor and the rich, said leaders of some NGOs on Thursday.
They came up with a number of suggestions, including consultation up to division-level with the civil society, discussion in parliament and television debate especially with the opposition politicians, before finalising the draft policy.
Addressing a news conference at the National Press Club, they also demanded extension of the March 15 timeframe by May for its finalisation.

Politics of Aid and Conditionalities: The Crisis of Legitimacy of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund

By voice - Posted on 11 February 2005

This paper deals with the political economy of aid and conditionalities imposed by the donors such as World Bank and the IMF. It discusses the nature of aid conditionalities of different projects that enforce economic reforms, trade liberalization and privatization, and also of their negative consequences over the Bangladesh's economy. It also critically analyzes the role of global economic order in relation with bilateral and multilateral impositions and aid conditions over the poor countries.

This research paper can be used as an important campaign material against the neo-liberal economic hegemony and also against the bilateral and multilateral impositions that impede the comprehensive development process of a country like Bangladesh.

It can be useful for the activists, researchers, academicians and the members of the civil and political society. Any part of this paper can used, reproduced with the simple acknowledgement.

Don't accept conditional aid: Pressure group urges govt as Bangladesh Development Forum begins today

By voice - Posted on 08 May 2004

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Star Business Report

As donors meet with the government today to make commitment on aid for next fiscal, a platform of development and research organisations yesterday urged the government not to accept any assistance that is tagged with conditions.
They said although the contribution of foreign aid to gross domestic products (GDP) is less than two percent, the donors are advocating policies such as market liberalisation and opening up of services sector which 'ruin local industries'.