Ben Oostdam story # 293

ROBERT ZOELLICK

NEW WORLD BANK PRESIDENT

On to-day's (May 30, 2007) early morning news, I heard about the appointment
of the new President of The World Bank by U.S. President George Bush.
I must admit that I never heard of this fellow, so around 09:00
I googled (what I thought was the right spelling of) his name): Robert Zelleck.
To my surprise, GOOGLE only listed eight (8) links and but one image.
My first thought was to list the seven relevant links - [which follow below].
as a supplement to my story # 290.

I then had second thoughts at 10:00 when I did not see any listings in Google's News...
The reason became apparent when I looked at the actual World News
and noted the correct spelling of his name: Robert Zoellick
I was now awarded with 830,000 Google Links, which I will definitely
not list . . . however ambitious you know me to be !?
(I even hoped Bush might appoint me -
what with my extensive banking experience and overseas sojourns !)

Source: EuroNews, May 30, 2007:
A former US deputy secretary of state is set to become the
next head of the World Bank.Robert Zoellick will replace
Paul Wolfowitz who was forced to resign earlier this month.
Washington is confident the board of the bank will approve
the nomination despite calls from member countries to cast
a wider net for a replacement.
The 53-year-old American is an experienced diplomat
with an extensive background in finance.
His predecessor left after being criticised for authorising
a large raise for his girlfriend and was accused of being
responsible for much discontent within the bank's staff.
Zoellick's brief will be to continue
the bank's mission of tackling world poverty.

Come and think of it, I will give some links with the
correct spelling first, and banish the wrongly spelled septuplet
to the very bottom of this story, by way of punishment.
Regardless, all links make sone interesting reading!
Excuse me, it is now 11:20 and I must quickly FTP this before my daily 20 laps in the Pucillo Pool.

LINKS:


(three selected from 830,000 !)
Robert Zoellick
Bloomberg.com on Robert Zoellick, May 30, 2007
Wikipedia on Robert Zoellick


SEVEN SINNER- LINKS:

Source: Teresita Schaffer , Guest Speaker, Delhi Policy Group, March 2001
There has been a revolutionary change in the US administration
from the days of Cold War politics.
The expanding trade and investment between India and the US
is high on the agenda of the Bush administration.
Business concerns about India will get a ready audience in the US.
Robert Zelleck, the US Trade Secretary, considers India
as an important player and feels positively about free trade
and if it succeeds then it would mean opening of
other countries market to the US.
The first generation Indian diaspora to join the mainstream
in America has a definite influence in generating a pro-India attitude.
Information technology is another area for bilateral cooperation.

Source: Lisa Marie Laegreid, January 26, 2003:
A representative of the Bush-administration, Robert Zelleck, is presently on a trip
to Pretoria, Nairobi and Mauritius to work with the African governments
on putting together the "African Growth and Opportunity Act".
According to Dennis, [Dennis Brutus, Professor of African Literature, University of Pittsburg]
this Act is nothing short of a recolonization
of Africa by the interests of the USA,
and if the Act is passed it will set Africa even further at the mercy of the US.
The World Bank, the IMF, and the World Trade Organization,
3 organizations working closely with the US government,
are attempting to exert pressure on African governments
in favor of US policies in the region, including the AGOA.
However, at the WSSD in Johannesburg in August last year,
strong protests were held in the streets to mark the African
people's repudiation of this Act.
Dennis concluded by saying that we need more such strong acts of denunciation,
protest and resistance! W
e must keep our hope and our faith strong so that we do not descend into cynicism.

Source: Michael De3laney, Lunch Speaker, Rotary Club of Melbourne, March 12, 2003
Michael Delaney, Counsellor of Economic Affairs at the US Embassy in Canberra
spoke to the Club on the 12 February 2003 on the USA / Australia Free Trade Agreement,
proposed by Robert Zelleck, US Trade Secretary, last November
and considered to be potentially the most important agreement
since the ANZUS treaty.
The idea of eliminating trade barriers between the two countries goes back to the 1930's
as an Australian initiative but was declined then by the USA.
Source: Andrea Koppel, CNN, January 22, 2005:
For most of those I've spoken with, they say Condoleezza Rice is --
she's a student of real politic.
She is someone who, let's look at the choices she's made
for her top deputies as a clue.
She's picked Robert Zelleck. He was trade representative,
someone who's seen as a Europeanist, also as a pragmatist.
The second aide, Nicholas Burns, who comes -
he's the U.S. ambassador to NATO. He's also long-time foreign servant.
He's somebody who has worked within the State Department also for years,
another pragmatist. She didn't choose the hardliners,
the other people who think of like minds with Vice President Cheney and Rumsfeld.

Source: Claude Barfield, American Enterprise Institute, July 25, 2006:
But let me go back just briefly to the Bush administration trade policy and its novel features.
One, just briefly, was the so-called “competitive liberalization.”
Now we associate this with Robert Zelleck, but I think his successors
at the USTR had picked up on the same theme.
I would predict that whether we have a Democratic or Republican president in 2009,
that will continue. By competitive liberalization the United States said,
“Yes, the WTO is our main priority, but we will negotiate bilaterally,
regionally, trilaterally, pluralaterally [sounds like],
any lateral you want to get to global free trade.”
We can talk about whether that is realistic or not
in a minute, but that is their policy.
The second thing, which ties directly to the US [indiscernible]
for US-Taiwan free trade that we see - “we” being the Bush administration -
trade policy as a part of a subset of our larger security, political,
and diplomatic goals.
We will choose our trading partners partly on the basis of their support
for us in our foreign policy goals and our security goals.
Several years ago, Zelleck laid down a series of 12-13 conditions.
I am not going to explain in more detail what I just said.
I am not going to go over them all, but let me just say that in terms of Taiwan
and those conditions, Taiwan should be really close to the top of the list.
Taiwan is a democracy. It has a significant economic relationship
with the United States, as the other panelist pointed out.
It is willing to negotiate - this is key -
a comprehensive agreement, including services, including investment,
including intellectual property. It is willing [sounds like] to go beyond WTO liberalization.
It is also a staunch diplomatic and security ally of the United States.
Source: Joan Huguenard in: Antonia Juhasz, January 25, 2007

Ms. Juhasz gave us a whirlwind historical romp through
the influence on the economic policies of our country by
multinational corporations, the coalition of the
27 richest nations in the world known as OECD,
the IMF, NAFTA, the WTO and the World Bank.
Through these agencies, she stated,
“the multinational corporations are getting unfettered
access to economies all over the world.”

She told us of her great horror at the public announcement
of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zelleck
10 days after 9/11.
The U.S. will be countering terrorism with free trade,
he said, and through this mechanism we will bring freedom
around the world.
He also added that if you oppose free trade,
you are a terrorist.

Source: U.S. Department of State, March 6, 2007:
U.S. Policy on China's Activities in Africa U.S. government policy
on China's Africa activities is a work in progress.
Former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zelleck set things in motion
by recommending that State Department officials undertake a dialogue with China.
A/S Frazer took him at his word and visited china for discussions on Africa
about 18 months ago. As I said in my opening remarks,
the Chinese are making a return visit this Friday.
In between these visits, the Africa Bureau has hosted two seminars.
The first seminar was in early December in Rosslyn, VA.
In conjunction with INR, we invited several academics to join us
in a daylong conference to talk about China's activities n Africa.
The purpose was to share information and get everyone on the same page.
The second seminar was an in-house discussion to clarify our thinking
and to prepare for the Chinese visit.
The bottom line is that while we realize that there are areas in which
we differ with China's approach in Africa, we believe that there are
many areas in which we can cooperate
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