An International commission under he leadership of West Germany's former Chancellor Mr.
SV INTERIOR Tanzanian Minister of Finance Mr. Amir Jamal speaking in English
JAMAL: "The Commission deals with one particular matter, and it calls it 'unmet needs'. In other words, today's institutional arrangements do not meet these needs, and therefore it is important for the world to recognise that many things have happened since the Bretton Woods institutions were set up in the wake of the Second World War. And that the needs of today after so many countries have become independent and are striving to develop themselves and have their economies developed--the needs have become so much bigger than was the case at the time when these institutions were set up, that even if there was no other political issue at all, the sheer magnitude of the needs and the character of the needs demand that an institution be considered seriously to meet those needs. Of course the political issues are very clear. The present institution are controlled by the industrialised capitalist countries and it may not be easy to change those institutions from within beyond a certain point because the power structures there are entrenched according to certain rules which were established at that time".
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Background: An International commission under he leadership of West Germany's former Chancellor Mr. Willy Brandt has recommended the setting up of an emergency fund to rescue the poorest countries of the Third World from their present economic situation. The Independent Commission on International Development Issues was set up in 1977 with the aim of bringing together a group of individuals to study how best to reduce the gap between rich and poor countries. The Tanzanian Minister of Finance, mr. Amir Jamal, who served on the Commission, told a news conference in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday (12 February) that the Commission had decided on a set of proposals, including a recommendation to hold a summit meeting with leaders from both industrialised and developing nations.