Friday, September 24, 2004
World Economic Forum Investing in Jordan for Education Reform
From the article:
"If you want to look at it from a business perspective, call it market development," JEI program director Emile Cubeisy told The Daily Star.
"But for the country, it's social inclusion, it's opportunities, this is the place where market development and our efforts to reform and advance Jordan's capability are hand in hand, there's nothing wrong with it," he added.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Editorial from Bangladesh re: Continuing Education Program
"Why education is paramount in wooing foreign investment"
The argument is that the globalized world is becoming more focused on shipping services and ideas rather than goods, and a services infrastructure is more essential to developing a strong economy, as well as more inexpensive to develop. The key to developing this is basic education, which brings in FDI, which then brings in the skills and training necessary to develop a service economy.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Nations Lobby to Expand UN Security Council
Most Nigerians Think AIDS Does Not Exist
Saving the Smart Kids
U.S. Wants to Cancel Poorest Nations' Debt
This move has been criticized as a political move by Bush domestically and abroad--to clean up his international image as well as clear up major repercussions from Iraqi reconstruction--as well as a move which will hurt the World Bank's ability to fund future projects (I'm assuming because then the World Bank doesn't earn interest on the loans).
To me it also seems like another example of the US trying to be more autonomous in its relations with the world--picking up its ball and starting a game somewhere else. On the surface, it sounds like a great idea; unfortunately the rationale is most likely more insidious.