Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has posted a response to the 2006 Commitment to Development Index. CGD released the fourth annual edition on August 14. Japan still ranks last. The CDI rates 21 rich countries on how "development-friendly" their policies are in seven areas--aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology. The Ministry writes:
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On September 12, 2006, MCC approved a $25 million Threshold Program for Jordan. Jordan's Threshold Program aims to improve the country's performance on three of the indicators it failed in FY 2006: Political Rights, Voice and Accountability, and Trade Policy. Specifically, it will involve two components:
With 25,000+ participants at the XVIth International AIDS Conference in Toronto, African leadership was visibly absent.
Hat Tip to the PSD Blog for an intriguing story that the mainstream media almost entirely missed today. The president of McDonald's Europe announced in Brussels plans to issue European McDonald's employees a "McPassport" -- a new type of document that could greatly increase the labor mobility of its 225,000 European employees. Christine Bowers at PSD Blog writes:
Dennis de Tray and I launched the latest CGD report for new leaders of international agencies on September 7th in Tunis, the current headquarters of the African Development Bank.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) currently uses 16 indicators of governance and policy performance to determine a country’s eligibility for Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) finance. The MCC is proposing several changes to its selection process this year, including notably, the addition of two natural resource management indicators as supplemental data.
Last week CGD hosted a talk by 1970 Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug on The Prospects for Bringing a Green Revolution to Africa.