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.
Finance for Developing Countries: A Time for Decision(World Bank, Washington, DC, 1967-04-13) Woods, George D.George D. Woods, President of the World Bank Group, spoke of a world crisis. Food riots in Asia, government coups in Africa, student violence in this Hemisphere and elsewhere, are among the symptoms of it. It is the crisis of a new world trying to be born--the crisis of the developing countries in their struggle to achieve economic viability, national unity, and the respect of other nations. The task of development assistance has proved to be one of almost infinite complexity. The process of growth, whether of people or countries, is intricate, and when its intricacy is compounded by all the difficulties of relationships between sovereign nations, problems seem to arise in a limitless number of permutations and combinations. The knowledge and the means exist to enlarge greatly the riches of the world, to help many millions to escape hunger and to achieve, or at least approach, decent living standards for the first time. What is needed now are firm political decisions to carry out an intensive, sustained and coordinated attack on underdevelopment, together with the political will and stamina to stay the course. This will require overcoming some paradoxes that have trapped both donor and recipient countries. The World Bank Group is in a strong position to tackle these aid issues due to its articles of agreement which endow it with an aptitude for cooperation, the opportunity to be independent, and a fundamental policy of basing operations on economic factors and staying out of politics.
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.