Saturday, 29 November 2008

Scheduling conflicts

The International Conference on Financing for Development 2008 is a four-days UN conference currently taking place in Qatar. Few Western leaders actually decided to attend this summit while the heads of IMF and the World Bank are simply absent. 

It looks a bit like there was no direct line between Washington (or Lima where the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting took place) and Doha. Amran Abocar writes for Reuters:  

"International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and World Bank President Robert Zoellick cited scheduling conflicts."

At the same time, "according to World Bank estimates, 40 million people will be dragged into poverty in 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis and related economic meltdown."

By the way, Doha what?