September 08, 2006

What is really meant by international support?

Sir, Krishna Guha reports from Washington (September 8) that “The World Bank is to seek international support for a new push to help poor countries recover assets stolen by corrupt leaders and held in banks overseas” but that “Many governments have been skeptical about the plan, fearing it would overshadow the bank’s development objective, slow down disbursement of aid and lead to arbitrary decisions on which countries get help.”

As a citizen of a developing country I cannot help bit to reflect on the fact that if it only were we the citizens who voted on this issue, and not some of our governments, Mr Wolfowitz would count with all the international support he could ever wish for, not only with respect to the poor countries.