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U.S snubs Bank staff on consultation. The World Bank Group Staff Association has written to the US's Acting Executive Director, Bob Holland, demanding a full staff consultation as part of the process for nominating a new Bank president.

His reply (the edited version): fat chance!

"With major changes in how the Bank does its business, budgetary pressures and the proposals of the Organizational Effectiveness Task Force, the new president is likely to have a huge impact on staff," writes association chair, Alison Cave.

"I therefore would like to ask you to convey to Secretary Snow the wish of the Staff Association, representing World Bank Group staff, to be consulted on this appointment."

The brush-off from Holland, a Bush "pioneer" who raised at least $100k for the 2000 election campaign, is matter of fact:

"The World Bank's presidential nomination process is being conducted in a fashion that preserves the World Bank's mission of reducing poverty through sustained growth and promoting responsible international development."

He promises to pass the Staff Association views to his "authorities".

"Sure, the US government has shown itself to be very open in this process, no doubt they would *love* to include the SA in all the fun!" comments the Bank staffer who passed these documents along.

If the US government isn't up for it, perhaps we should arrange a staff consultation on this site...

David Steven ~ February 09, 2005

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