Series - Commodity Files of the Director, Development Policy

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Commodity Files of the Director, Development Policy


  • 1971 - 1979 (predominant 1972 - 1978) (Creation)

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1.25 liner feet of textual records

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These files were compiled by the Senior Adviser whose title became in April 1974 Director, Development Policy. That position was held by Ernest Stern from 1972 to September 1975 and by Attila Karaosmanoglu from October 1975 to June 1979. The files include correspondence, reports, studies, publications and policy papers regarding commodities and Bank policy towards specific commodities. Topics covered include Bank policy for financing the production of a specific commodity, Bank policy on publication of information on commodities, commodity price forecasts and stabilization, and analysis of world production and demand for a commodity.

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The series is arranged in two parts. The first part contains a general correspondence file of Karaosmanoglu, 1975 - 1978; general files regarding commodities, 1972 - 1978; and files on commodity price forecasts, 1975 - 1979, natural resources, 1973 - 1978, and the International Tin Council, 1974 - 1978. The second part contains files on specific commodities and is arranged alphabetically by commodity. The files for teas and rubber contain several documents predating the position of Senior Adviser.

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

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

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28 September 2011




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