Latvia - World Bank president overestimates wages - August 18, 2010

Latvia needs to continue implementing structural long-term reforms to achieve recovery of the country’s economy, declared World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick in his three-day visit to the Baltic country last week. During the visit in the Latvian city of Sigulda, Zoellick met with unemployed people participating in the so-called 100 lats (140 euros) program, formed by temporary employment provided by the Latvian government to its poorest citizens. Under a scorching sun, the World Bank president listened with interest to workers who are trying to clear areas infected with toxic and invasive plants, and he felt a little embarrassed when he asked if this is a one-day salary, as the workers explained to him that 100 lats is a monthly fee for an eight-hour working day.



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