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Thursday, 21 May, 1998, 09:26 GMT 10:26 UK
World Bank presses for Indonesia reforms
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The World Bank has called on Indonesia to introduce economic reforms faster than currently planned.

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At the moment new elections are scheduled to take place in three to six months time. But Dennis de Tray, the World Bank director in Indonesia, warns that economic reforms must be introduced "much quicker than that".

According to Mr de Tray's assessment, the country's future depends on quick economic reforms, and he promised that his organisation would be ready to resume its operations in the country as soon as a credible and reform-minded government was in place.

He said the World Bank could help as soon as "we're sure that there is an acceptable degree of ... political commitment to these reforms."

The political earthquake which led to Mr Suharto's resignation on Thursday had prompted institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank to put vital bail-out funds on hold.

World Bank president James Wolfensohn
World Bank president James Wolfensohn
The World Bank has promised to provide adjustment loans to Indonesia, designed to support a restructuring of the country's financial sector and long-term structural policy reforms.

The organisation planned to distribute up to $4.5bn over three years to support the reform programme.

The bank has been active in Indonesia since 1967, currently supporting 78 projects, most of them with an emphasis on poverty reduction.

Cumulative World Bank lending to Indonesia as of June 30, 1997 was approximately $23bn.

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