Series - Committee communications

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Committee communications


  • 1957 - 1972 (Creation)

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13.46 linear feet of textual records

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Archival history

The records in this fonds include portions of two transfers of records. The official records of the Economic Committee were transferred from the Policy Planning and Program Review Department (PPPR) of the Development Policy Vice Presidency (VPD) to the World Bank's Central Files in 1974 and, in 1990 or 1992, into the custody of the World Bank Group Archives. A second transfer contains records that were initially maintained in the Economic Program Department until it ceased to exist in 1972; the records were ultimately transferred to the Non-Regional Information Center (NRIC) in 1978 and, later, perhaps in 1990, to the World Bank Group Archives.

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Scope and content

Series contains communications primarily circulated by the Staff Economic Committee (SEC, 1952-1965) and Economic Committee (EC, 1965-1972) secretariats to the members of the committee. In rare cases, records included in this series were circulated by the committee's chairperson. Beginning in July 1965 with the reconstitution of SEC as the EC, communications include an "Economic Committee" cover stencil and are classified according to what kind of document it is; in the case of the records in this series, EC/A (notice of meeting) and EC/M (notice of meeting, conclusions and recommendations, and minutes) are used.

Generally, only a single document is included in each folder; a single document may, however, include attachments in the form of reports or other documents that will be reviewed by the committee or used as reference. Communications include: minutes from the meeting (dated either the same day as the meeting or within two weeks) which usually document the highlights of a meeting listed in chronological order; notes from the meeting, which are more formal in that they have topical subsections often including a "conclusions and recommendations" section; and standalone "Conclusions and Recommendations". In small amounts, "Notice of Meeting" memoranda relating to upcoming meetings are included. These can include meeting agendas and logistical information. Notice of Meeting memoranda can also include attachments such as reports to be reviewed or supporting documentation to be considered.

A relatively small number of records relating to the communications of EC subcommittees dating from 1965 to 1967 are also included in this series. As part of the 1965 reconstitution of SEC into the new EC, subcommittees were created and given the responsibility to review drafts of country- and region-related reports for quality review prior to consideration by the full EC. The majority of the reports reviewed by the subcommittees are "Current Economic Position and Prospects" for individual countries. Records include the notes of the subcommittee meetings and a list of those in attendance. Most subcommittee records are classified as EC/F.

This series also contains three folders dating from 1970 to 1972 that include distribution lists of committee members, procedures on how to write and distribute committee materials, schedules of meetings, and memoranda discussing administrative matters of the secretariat.

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System of arrangement

During processing of the records in this series, in most cases a single record was filed into a single folder. Folders are generally organized chronologically in the boxes that house them.

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Conditions governing access

Records are subject to the World Bank Access to Information Policy.

Conditions governing reproduction

Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

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  • English

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Related units of description

  • See Records of the (Staff) Economic Committee - Circulation of reports for review or information (WB IBRD/IDA WB_IBRD/IDA_118-01) for draft reports and related materials circulated by the Economic Committee (EC) secretariat to committee members.

  • See Records of the (Staff) Economic Committee - Country files (WB IBRD/IDA WB_IBRD/IDA_118-03) for combined SEC and EC communications, such as notice of meetings, minutes, and conclusions and recommendations, and reports circulated to committee members for review during committee meetings. Communications in the "Committee Communications" and "Country Files" series are largely duplicate.

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Internal World Bank Group Archives rules based on ISAD(G).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

24 June 2022




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