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Year 2 of the Tunisian revolution: Private profit vs public interest

Comment|l'Observatoire tunisien de l'économie|2 July 2013|url

In October 2012, the Tunisian government submitted a draft bill to the Constituent Assembly to shape a legal and institutional framework favourable to public-private partnerships (PPP). read article...

Turkey pays off IMF debt

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Turkey discharged its debt to the IMF in May, by paying a final installment of $421 million after decades of loans and stand-by arrangements. read article...

IMF push for MENA subsidy reforms Who benefits?

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

The IMF signed a deal with Tunisia in June, after its renewed attempt to lend to Egypt failed in April, while civil society remained concerned about the legitimacy and transparency of the negotiations. read article...

'Undesirable' Red-Dead canal deemed "feasible"

News|Bretton Woods Project|3 April 2013|update 85|url

The Bank's public consultation on its $9.97 billion 'Red Sea - Dead Sea Water Conveyance' project, which aims to "save the Dead Sea from environmental degradation" and increase hydro-power whilst building "a symbol of peace", ended in March. read article...

Turkey to repay IMF debts by April

News|Bretton Woods Project|6 December 2012|update 83|url

The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared in September that "we will cut it [our $1.3 billion IMF debt] to zero by next April", according to Anatolia News Agency. read article...

The IMF in Egypt: revolution or coming full circle?

Comment|Amr Adly|26 November 2012|update 83|url

The Egyptian government has finally concluded an initial loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following two years of continual negotiations. read article...

No strings attached? Egypt to get billions in foreign aid subject to IMF conditionality

News|Bretton Woods Project|3 October 2012|update 82|url

Egypt has been in talks to get over $11 billion in foreign aid, of which at least $7.5 billion will be contingent on IMF approval, sparking concerns from activists over policies likely to be imposed by the Fund, just as it has ended its conditionality review. read article...

Red Sea - Dead Sea project: World Bank intentions questioned

News|Bretton Woods Project|5 April 2012|update 80|url

The Inspection Panel (IP), the Bank’s compliance body, issued a report in March considering “legitimate” environmental and human rights concerns regarding the Bank’s feasibility study for a project to channel water from the Red Sea to replenish the Dead Sea. read article...

Egypt to agree IMF loan despite opposition

News|Bretton Woods Project|5 April 2012|update 80|url

Egypt's interim government announced in February that they expect to sign a $3.2 billion loan deal with the IMF and state-media reported that negotiations are underway for a $1 billion loan from the World Bank. read article...

IMF loan to Egypt branded as "odious"

News|Bretton Woods Project|7 February 2012|update 79|url

Social movement Popular Campaign to Drop Egypt's Debts has spoken out against Egypt's military government agreeing to a $3.2 billion IMF loan. read article...

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