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CURRENT: SWEET AASS

Norwegian Svein Aass represents the Nordic and Baltic countries on the World Bank's board of directors. He believes the World Bank is approaching the Nordic profile.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

The red-green government has been critical of the World Bank's demands for privatization and liberalization of the economies of the recipient countries. How is this received?

- These are not views we are alone in. There are many countries that agree with Norway's line here. That Norway is taken seriously is shown by the fact that there has been a record number of leaders of the World Bank in Norway since the new government came to power. Among other things, four to five vice presidents, the chief economist at the World Bank and the head of the bank's Asia department have been in Norway.

But does little Norway influence the decisions the World Bank makes?

- It is not correct to say that we are small. Within the International Development Association (IDA), the part of the bank that provides assistance and not loans, we are the fourth largest contributor. . .

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