The mood in Davos is consolidating at moderately upbeat. The feeling is encouraged by good showings from President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan and Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada yesterday and today. President Musharraf impressed participants with his readiness to respond to tough questions, including on democracy in Pakistan, with some humor and candor.
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In contrast to Davos-in-NY in 2002, when the post-Sept. 11 talk was of the risk of terror and Davos 2003 when the corridor discussion was mostly about Iraq and the impending war, there is no grand obsession this year. There is sensible and mildly worried talk about whether the global economic recovery will be sustained. Most attention is given to the imbalances in the world economy – particularly U.S. budget and current account deficits; the Europeans’ tepid growth and stolid Central Bank reluctance to stimulate; and the Chinese resistance to letting their currency appreciate.
In the 2004 State of the Union address, President Bush set out for the American people, indeed for the world, his vision of "A Nation with a Mission." Last year, President Bush announced in his State of Union address a new $15 billion initiative to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa and the Caribbean. This year, there was no mention of the U.S. role in fostering prosperity in the world's poor countries. Despite dedicating a large portion of his address to foreign policy, President Bush’s focus on the international arena was too narrow.
By Sheila Herrling, Sarah Lucas and Sonal Shah
With the U.S. announcing the pursuit of bilateral trade agreements with a host of South American nations, research fellow Kim Elliott takes a look what the impact of such agreements could be in Pitfalls in Asymmetric Negotiations: Will the U.S. be the Next Goliath?
Low-income countries with high levels of debt face a dilemma when considering new financing. Additional funding is needed to meet key development objectives, but too much new financing in the form of debt can exacerbate debt problems. Countries that borrow too much – even on concessional IDA terms – can quickly find themselves facing rapidly rising debt ratios that could threaten debt sustainability in the future.
Every developed country was once a developing country; every rich country was once poor. In other words, we can relate to the experience of today’s poor countries because we’ve been there, done that. The better we understand what Americans needed back then, the better we will understand what citizens of today’s poor countries need from us now.
On May 21, the SFRC marked up the MCA bill. "Marking up" is the process in which the members of the committee have the opportunity to add amendments to the bill being proposed by the chairman, and the committee votes whether or not to adopt the amendments.
On November 25 the Bush administration announced new details for implementing the Millennium Challenge Account. Overall, the announced steps are very positive. They underscore the administration’s commitment to making this new initiative work effectively, both in terms of full funding and in reorganizing the way that aid is delivered.