WASHINGTON Oct 10 Italy, as the next president
of the Group of Seven rich powers, has drafted a reform of the
world's financial institutions which it will present to its
partners on Saturday, Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti said.
Speaking to reporters after the G7 meeting on Friday,
Tremonti said Italy's presidency of the rich nations club,
which begins in January, will see a radical shake up of
financial institutions to avoid a repetition of recent market
"As the next G7 president Italy will propose a reform of
the Bretton Woods institutions," Tremonti said, in a reference
to the 1944 accords on monetary policy and exchange rates and
which created the International Monetary Fund and the World
"We already have a draft of our Bretton Woods reform
proposals which we will present to the G20 on Saturday,"
Tremonti said, referring to a meeting among a broad group of
developed and emerging economies.
He added that the plan will also include a reform of the
Tremonti, who has often criticised the rapid globalisation
process since the mid-1990s, said reform must go beyond
tinkering with financial market rules.
"If the origin of the crisis is financial, maybe the
solution for the future must be political and institutional, we
need to define new trade rules and new rules for finance," he
"Finance has to be a means, it cannot be an end. We have
rules that reward finance but we are lacking those that ban
speculation, speculative instruments and tax havens. It is time
to transform the crisis into an opportunity for everyone."