Civil-society groups worldwide have expressed concern that the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) may be unnecessarily fast-tracking the drafting of its safeguards policy, considered an important aspect in multilateral lending. 【Bussiness Mirror 2015-9-9】
Titi Soentoro, policy adviser to Aksi, called for measures to protect forest degradation, pollution, land grabs, loss of diversity, loss of livelihood, forced eviction and human-rights violations, among other things.
Soentoro added that meaningful consultation with affected people was required. There should also be a mechanism to receive complaints and solve problems. She also stressed the importance of information disclosure. 【The Nation 2015-9-10】
Development in Asia need not, should not and must not mean shortchanging a nation’s own citizens, particularly its most vulnerable people and communities, or sacrificing the environment. China — as the leading proponent of AIIB — has the opportunity to cleanse its image of ignoring environmental and social issues in the pursuit of growth.