Curitiba Organizers Insist City, Stadium Will Be Ready For World Cup

World Bank inquiry into India's Tata Tea over labour issues

The other matches at the venue will be Iran-Nigeria on June 16, Algeria-Russia on June 26 and Honduras-Ecuador on June 30. Even if FIFA allows Curitiba to remain as a host city, the stadium is not expected to be fully finished until sometime in April, two months before the World Cup begins. One of FIFA's concerns is whether it will have time to install all temporary facilities that will be needed at the site. Lack of funds has been the greatest problem affecting the stadium construction in Curitiba, but the state government said in the joint statement that it requested a loan of about $100 million from a Brazilian government-owned bank on Wednesday. World Cup organizers last week also told local officials to increase the number of workers at the stadium to make sure the work could completed in time, and Atletico Paranaense said that would be done as soon as the loan was approved. ''We believe the analysis of this loan request will be prioritized,'' the statement said. Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, in charge of the country's World Cup preparations, visited Curitiba last week and said everything would be done to try to guarantee the loan as soon as possible. Adding more workers was one of the requests made when FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke gave the ultimatum in late January, along with the implementation of financial guarantees and the improvement in the pace of construction. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

The World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) also said it believed standard industry practices were followed on the plantations. The IFC added that it would "await the findings of the compliance investigation and will undertake relevant action steps to address identified issues." The IFC pledged US$6.7 million in equity in 2009 to the AAPL, which is 41 per cent owned by Tata, with the rest held by other investors. IFC saw an opportunity to "work with a long-term partner committed to improve sustainability and achieve positive development outcomes in the northeast India," it said in an email to AFP. Tata, which owns the Tetley Tea brand, did not respond to requests for a comment on the matter. Three non-governmental agencies from Assam filed a complaint on behalf of the workers in February last year to the bank, highlighting concerns about inadequate compensation, and poor health and hygiene conditions at the tea plantations. The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman is compelled to review complaints filed about the IFC and other World Bank arms. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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