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Heather: World Bank/IMF Forum

March 8, 2010

This morning we were told to meet at the University of Nairobi at 8 a.m. for a presentation by the CEO of World Bank/IMF. It was supposed to start at 9 a.m., but didn’t start until almost 10:30 a.m. I really struggle with this. So we saw the Prime Minister of Kenya, the CEO of World Bank/IMF, and a couple other high up people. Like Bob Geldof (a really cool, outspoken guy!), and the vice minister of Kenya, or whatever they’re called. It was actually a pretty interesting debate, to see how the politics of Kenya actually works. The PM is good at making a speech, but only if it was already written for him. But actually talking on his feet, not so much. Bob was REALLY good though, he was actually arguing with the PM and the CEO about their beliefs.

When questions were asked at the end, the PM and the CEO basically danced around the answers. Stosh asked a question about going green and what Africa is doing for the green movement and eco-friendly jobs and stuff and this other environmentalist lady, Wangari Maathai, said “We want to go green, but we don’t have the money to.” While that may be true, it’s a crap answer. And the mediator lady was a wench. She kept asking for the microphone back from the speakers because their time was up. She was not a very nice lady.

Basically, it was really interesting to go to. I thought it was going to be boring, but I liked hearing the crap come of their mouths. They basically say what the people want to hear, when it’s never going to happen and they know it. There was one point in the PM’s speech when he was talking about how they wanted to be a developed country or whatever by 1990. And 1990 rolls around and they changed it to 2000. Then 2000 came around, and then it was for 2010. And now their goal is “Vision 2030.” And he was making a big joke out of it. It’s not funny though, because it basically says that their government is doing NOTHING to change anything. Frustrating.

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