J. Speeches by George Woods (1963-68)
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George Woods served as the fourth President of the World Bank Group from 1963 to 1968.
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Annual Address to the Board of Governors, September 25, 1967(World Bank, Washington, DC, 1967-09-25) Woods, George D.George D. Woods, President of the World Bank Group, spoke about the following: the record of the World Bank Group's activities of the past fiscal year; finance for the International Development Association (IDA); education, teaching new skills, and cultivating new attitudes toward social and economic change; exports of the less developed countries; and the effectiveness of development finance.
Annual Address to the Board of Governors, September 27, 1965(World Bank, Washington, DC, 1965-09-27) Woods, George D.George D. Woods, President of the World Bank and its affiliates, spoke about raising living standards; the World Bank Group funds to financing development; efforts to encourage private international investment, and two special projects, namely, amendment of the Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) charters and convention on the settlement of investment disputes; and two initiatives of the Bank, namely, a study, organized jointly by the International Coffee Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Bank, and proposal put forward by the United Kingdom and Swedish delegations at the 1964 United Nations conference on trade and development.
Annual Address to the Board of Governors, September 7, 1964(World Bank, Washington, DC, 1964-09-07) Woods, George D.George D. Woods, President of the World Bank and its affiliates, spoke about Japan as a vibrant example of both reconstruction and development. He briefly reported on developments in the World Bank Group of institutions during the past year, including partnership agreements with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and UNESCO. He indicated some of the principal preoccupations in the period ahead, such as a scarcity of good projects to support, large debt service burdens, and the next IDA replenishment. Finally, he concluded by saying a few words about developments in the world environment in which the Bank group operates and about the possible effect of those developments upon the role of the organizations.
Address to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, March 25, 1964(World Bank, Washington, DC, 1964-03-25) Woods, George D.George D. Woods, the President of the World Bank, remarked that both investment and trade are basic to economic development, which is the essential preoccupation of the Bank. He suggested that, in approaching its agenda, the aim of this Conference must be nothing less than to make a real start in evolving international trade and development policies which are more adequate than those presently prevailing for stimulating economic growth throughout the developing world. One consideration is whether to seek greater price stability through commodity agreements, or to try to mitigate the effects of price fluctuations through some new form of compensatory financing, or to try some new approach altogether. He earnestly urged that governments re-examine the amount of their pledges to IDA in the light of the pressing investment requirements of the developing countries.