An Open Letter from the South to the World Bank

Per Rasmussen pera at SPAMpost.tele.dk
Mon Nov 1 17:28:39 MST 1999



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Subject: An Open Letter from the South to the World Bank
From: Robert Naiman

Dear Colleague:

The following is an appeal from PAPDA (Platform for Alternative
Development in
Haiti), Jubilee 2000 South Africa and 45 organizations and activists
in
Southern countries which oppose IMF and World Bank structural
adjustment
policies. The appeal calls for defunding the World Bank by reducing
government
appropriations and by calling for a boycott of World Bank bonds.

The Center for Economic Justice, a project of the Preamble Center, is
assisting
with the circulation of this appeal. We would be grateful if you could
help us
by forwarding it to your Southern colleagues.

Signatures may be returned to signo- at rtk.net, and should include:
name, title
or occupation, organization [noting whether you are signing on behalf
of your
organization], and country.

Thank you for your assistance. Questions may be directed to
econjustic- at preamble.org. If you would like to serve on the
coordinating
committee for the campaign in your country, send a note to
econjustic- at preamble.org. Other documents from the campaign are
available at
www.preamble.org/cej.

The letter follows in Spanish, then English, including a list of the
current
signatories.

Robert Naiman naiman- at preamble.org
Research Associate, Preamble Center



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                   CARTA ABIERTA DEL SUR AL BANCO MUNDIAL

James Wolfensohn
Presidente, Banco Internacional de Reconstrucción y Fomento,
1818 H Street, NW,
Washington, DC 10433, EE.UU.

Estimado Señor Wolfensohn,

Nos dirigimos a Usted como ciudadanos de países que sufren por la
política del
Banco Mundial, por las siguientes razones:

*El 65% de los préstamos actuales del Banco Mundial son dirigidos al
ajuste
estructural y sectorial
*Las condiciones vinculadas a estos préstamos han neutralizado el
crecimiento
económico, dificultado el desarrollo económico, promovido la
dependencia, e
incrementado la miseria y pobreza de los países en vía de desarrollo.
*El ajuste empeora drásticamente la situación socio-económica de las
mujeres.
*El ajuste favorece los "sweatshops", y la denegación de los derechos
laborales
a la libre asociación y a un salario decente y justo.
*El ajuste destruye la producción agrícola campesina y la
autosuficiencia
nutritiva de nuestros países
*El ajuste ha acelerado la destrucción del medio-ambiente natural.
*El ajuste tiene un impacto muy destructivo sobre los sectores más
vulnerable
de nuestras poblaciones.
*El ajuste degrada nuestra integridad cultural, redefiniendo nuestra
manera de
consumir y nuestra relación con la naturaleza.
*El ajuste ha incrementado el peso de la deuda externa de los países
que han
implementado dichos programas.
*Las políticas del Banco Mundial de privatización han favorecido el
incremento
de la corrupción, la ganancia privada a expensas de la población, la
mayor
concentración de la riqueza y el poder, mayor desempleo, y la
disminución del
acceso a los servicios públicos.
*Al condicionar sus préstamos a un acuerdo de las políticas
macroeconómicas del
Fondo Monetario Internacional y al contribuír fondos a los programas
de
austeridad del FMI, el Banco Mundial es por tanto responsable de las
consecuencias de dichas políticas.
*Para obtener economías, sociedades, y poblaciones sanas y
sostenibles,
nuestros países deben desarrollar sus políticas económicas con un
enfoque en
los pobres y en los trabajadores que representan la mayoría de
nuestras
poblaciones, y
*La soberanía nacional en materia económica es un prerequisito para
estas
políticas económicas.

Como la mayoría de los fondos del Banco Mundial provienen del mercado
privado
de capitales, llamamos a todos los que apoyan los derechos humanos y
el
desarrollo sostenible que boicoteen la compra de bonos del Banco
Mundial, y
alentamos a que todas instituciones públicas hagan lo mismo.

Además, llamamos a todos los gobiernos de los países miembros del
Banco Mundial
que cesen nueva financiación al Banco Mundial hasta que todo préstamo
con
condiciones de ajuste estructural y sectorial haya desaparecido, y el
Banco
Mundial haya cancelado la deuda que le es debida por los países del
Tercer
Mundo.


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              AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE SOUTH TO THE WORLD BANK


James Wolfensohn
President, World Bank Group
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.


Dear Mr. Wolfensohn,

As citizens of countries suffering from World Bank policies, we are
writing to
you because:

*65% of World Bank lending today is for sectoral and structural
adjustment
loans;
*The conditions attached to these loans have crippled economic growth,
hindered
economic development, promoted dependency, and increased misery and
poverty in
developing countries;
*Structural Adjustment is vastly increasing the socio-economic burden
on
women;
*Structural Adjustment leads to the promotion of sweatshops, and the
denial of
workers' rights to organize and to earn a decent living;
*Structural Adjustment is destroying peasant-led agricultural
production and
the abilities of our countries to feed themselves;
*Structural Adjustment has accelerated destruction of the natural
environment;
*Structural Adjustment has a very destructive impact on the most
vulnerable
sectors of the population;
*Structural Adjustment is degrading our cultural integrity, by
changing our
models of consumption and our relationship with nature;
*Structural Adjustment has significantly added to the external debt
burden of
countries implementing such programs;
*Privatization under World Bank policies has led to increased
corruption,
private gain at the expense of the public, further concentration of
wealth and
power, greater unemployment and decreased access to public services;
*The World Bank in practice supports the macroeconomic policies
imposed by the
International Monetary Fund by making agreement with the IMF a
condition of
Bank lending, and by contributing money to IMF austerity packages, and
is
therefore responsible for the consequences of those policies;
*For sound and healthy economies, societies, and citizenry, economic
policy in
our countries must be formed in the interest of the poor and working
people who
compose the majority of the population; and
*National economic sovereignty is a prerequisite for the adoption of
such
policies.

Since the majority of the Bank's funds are raised in the private
capital
market, we call on all supporters of human rights and sustainable
economic
development to boycott the purchase of World Bank bonds, and encourage
all
public institutions to do so.

Moreover, we call on governments of all member nations of the World
Bank, to
cease further funding to the World Bank until all such structural and
sectoral
structural adjustment lending has ended and the World Bank has
cancelled all
debts owed to it by Third World countries.

Camille Chalmers, PAPDA, Haiti
Dennis Brutus, Jubilee 2000 Afrika
Marina Dos Santos, MST, Brasil
Carlos Pacheco, Center for International Study, Nicaragua
Mariclaire Acosta, CMDPDH, Mexico
Carmencita Abad, Global Exchange,Philippines
Miguel Alemas,CONFRAS, El Salvador
Priscilla Aliysno, Sisters of Notre Dame, Nigeria
F. Averdreno, FACS, Nicaragua
Jean B. Bakole, COASAD, R.D. Congo
Bertha Caceres Flores, COPIN, Honduras
Rita Clark, Nicaragua-US Friendship Office, Nicaragua
Edgar Cortez, CDHMAPJ, Mexico
V.E. Edoku, Uganda Debt Network, Uganda
Nelson Edoku, SAARE, El Salvador
Luis Gonzalez, MCD & UNAM, Mexico
Loila Guadanozn,        Integral/Cautro, Nicaragua
Haroy CleoJean, Collectif syndical, Haiti
Rieoberto Henriquez, COACES,    El Salvador
Onecimo Hidalgo,        CIEPAC, Mexico
Jean-Baptiste Chavannes, MPP/MPNICP, Haiti
Marina Patricia Jimenez, Center of Human Rights
Wambui Kimaltri,        Kenya Human Rights Commission, Kenya
Gnaka Gervais Lagoke,   Jubilee 2000- Cote d'Iviore,    Cote d'Iviore
Ernesto Ledesma,        Global Exchange, Mexico
Frances Lo, Freedom from Debt Coalition,        Philippines
Alejandro Monsiváis, A to Z,    Mexico
Hisako Motoyama,        Friends of the Earth-Japan, Japan
Mwiza Munthali, Malawi
Hilda Navarrete,        The Voice of the Voiceless, Mexico
Odnor Ongiven, NGO Council, Kenya
Dalia Osoño, Mesa de Mujres Rurales, El Salvador
Mercedes Osuna, Enlace Civil, Mexico
Patricio Pazmino, CDES, Ecuador
Esperanza Rascon, Institute of Culture, Mexico
Pelia Rivas, Chile Igersic O'odham in Mexico, Mexico
Antonio Rivero, Comité de Incidenos, El Salvador
Cornleio Rivero-Contro, CCAJ, Nicaragua
Sofia Robles, Pueblo Mixe Services, Mexico
F. Saldún,      Agricultural Forum, El Salvador
Cecilia Sanchez, National Center for Social Communication,      Mexico
Virgina Sanchez,        Seeds for Self-Relilance
Seydina Senghor,        Jubilee 2000- Senegal, Senegal
Jorge Luis Sierra, PRD, Mexico
Zoraida Sora, Mujer y Communidad-SPC, Nicaragua
Eddie Sterling, Limije-Lavi, Haiti
Herendira Telez,        General Council-UNAM, Mexico
Dier Tong,      Irish-Sudanese Solidarity, Sudan/Ireland
Paulina Vega, Atención Jurídica, Mexico




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Robert Naiman naiman- at preamble.org
Preamble Center
1737 21st NW
Washington, DC 20009
phone: 202-265-3263 x277
fax:   202-265-3647
http://www.preamble.org/
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