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  • Walter Lippmann
    May 2, 2001 World Bank heaps praise on Cuba THE SCOTSMAN, Foreign Desk CUBA was praised yesterday by the president of the World Bank in recognition of the
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      May 2, 2001
      World Bank heaps praise on Cuba
      THE SCOTSMAN, Foreign Desk

      CUBA was praised yesterday by the president of the World
      Bank in recognition of the Caribbean island’s achievement in
      providing some of Latin America’s highest standards of health
      care and education without a penny of foreign funding.

      "Cuba has done a great job on education and health and if you
      judge the country by education and health they’ve done a
      terrific job," the bank’s chief, James Wolfensohn, said at a
      press conference in Washington.

      "So I have no hesitation in acknowledging that they’ve done a
      good job, and it does not embarrass me to do it. They should
      be congratulated for what they have done," he added.

      Statistics in the bank’s World Development Indicators report,
      issued during its spring meetings over the weekend, show
      that Cubans live longer than other Latin Americans, including
      residents of the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

      At the same time, the island’s literacy levels are only
      equalled by the middle-income nations of Argentina and
      Uruguay.

      The bank’s data shows life expectancy in Cuba is 76 years.
      Among Latin American countries, that is second only to Costa
      Rica at 77. It equals the showcase market economy of Chile,
      while it is ahead of Puerto Rico at 73 years; Argentina,
      Uruguay and Mexico, where the average person lives for
      72 years; and Brazil, which lags at 67 years.

      Infant mortality in Cuba is seven deaths per 1,000 live
      births, much lower than the rest of Latin America.

      Only 3 per cent of Cuban males above the age of 15 years
      cannot read, a literacy rate that is five times better than
      Brazil and 16 times ahead of Haiti, the data shows.

      Cuba withdrew from the World Bank and its sister lending
      agency, the International Monetary Fund, in 1959, less
      than a year after the revolution led by Fidel Castro.
      It still remains outside these so-called Bretton Woods
      institutions, along with North Korea, Libya and Burma.

      At last month’s World Bank Summit of the Americas in Quebec,
      Mr Wolfensohn said the Bank pledged support for Latin American
      and Caribbean countries, proposing $12 to $16 billion in loans
      and credits for the region over the next three years.

      "About one in three people in Latin America and the Caribbean
      lives on less than $2 a day," he said, emphasising that it was
      up to governments to determine the priorities for World Bank
      loans.

      He singled out health and education for special attention.
      "A full-scale attack on poverty requires investments in health
      care and education, to build the human resources countries
      need to compete."
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