Call for Parliamentarians to Deliver Results for Poor [Archives:2005/888/Local News]

October 24 2005

October 24, 2005 Saying that the call for action in the fight against poverty had resonated loud and clear around the world during this year of development, President Paul Wolfowitz on Saturday urged parliamentarians from 90 countries to help their countries deliver results for the poor.

Wolfowitz was addressing the Annual Conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB) meeting at the Parliament of Finland in Helsinki.

As World Bank President, I intend to build on the partnerships that the Bank has already established with parliaments around the world, Wolfowitz said.

Their oversight role has an important bearing on the mission to fight poverty.

Across the world, parliamentarians monitor public resources and provide a crucial link between the World Bank and the local communities in both developing and developed countries”.

The Bank chief called on legislators to ask tough questions and ensure that pressing development issues are placed on national agendas.

The annual conference