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Bank staff latest: Riza and Association. The Bank's Staff Association seems awed and cowed by the new presidential appointment. An open letter sent to Wolfowitz by the Association is diplomatic, positive and vague. So much so in fact that Bank staff who were supposedly "consulted" by their Association may want to think about a leadership contest for that august body.

Meanwhile Bank staff are indicating that none of them will be prepared to challenge Wolfowitz's partner Shaha Ali Riza for the senior Bank job she is applying for.

Riza is applying for an advisor level position in the Bank's Middle East/North Africa (MENA). A Bank staffer wrote to the Village Voice: "they pretend to advertise this job internally, but no one will apply for it. They'd risk pissing her off, and nobody here's under any illusion that she won't get it".

For the record here is the text of the Staff Assocation's 4th April weak letter.

"Dear Mr Wolfowitz,

On behalf of staff, we welcome you to the Bank Group.

We appreciate your positive statements about the Bank Group during the nomination and confirmation process, particularly regarding its mission and the quality of its staff. Your stated willingness to come in with an open mind and no pre-determined agenda are equally appreciated.

Critical to moving forward in the way you have suggested will be our joint ability and willingness to discuss openly and frankly the perspectives of the World Bank Group's very diverse work force on several key issues.

We look forward to working with you to advance the development agenda and the Bank's mission.

With best regards,

Alison Cave
World Bank Staff Association".

An interesting slip of the keyboard in the last line of the letter surely. Aren't the development agenda and the Bank's mission supposed to be one and the same anyway?

PS Sorry Gerry Rice, the leaking seems to be continuing. But you can see why people would not want to rely on the Bank's Staff Association and appointed spin doctors alone, can't you?

Alex Wilks ~ April 06, 2005

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