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House of Commons Hansard
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Burma: International Assistance
23 March 2010
Volume 508

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of World Bank (a) funding and (b) technical advice for development projects in Burma. [323755]

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The World Bank has approved no new funding for Burma since 1987 and has no plans to resume its programme. It does not give advice on development projects in Burma. It did however provide valuable technical advice as part of the international humanitarian response to Cyclone Nargis which struck Burma in May 2008.

The UK Government would not support a resumption of World Bank funding for Burma until the country has made genuine progress towards political reconciliation and respect for human rights.