World Bank Live: Annual Meetings 2016

Upcoming Events

With global economic growth expected to slow in the years to come, it will be ever more important for countries to make a concerted effort to reach the least well-off with policies and programs that can help them move upward.

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Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director of Oxfam International
Jan Walliser
Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions

Join a one-on-one conversation with WBG President Jim Kim and the Bank’s new Chief Economist Paul Romer as they discuss challenges in global development and the links between economic growth, poverty, and inequality.

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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Paul Romer
Chief Economist, World Bank

How can growth in Latin America be reactivated? How can the most vulnerable be protected? How can governments make important investments in infrastructure and productivity in the face of global economic slowdown?

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Augusto de la Torre
Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank Group

Urgent action is needed to mobilize, redirect and unlock trillions of dollars of private resources to ensure global growth and shared prosperity.IFC’s 60 years of experience has demonstrated the private sector’s ability to create innovative, commercially viable solutions that deliver development impact.

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Philippe H. Le Houérou
Executive Vice President and CEO, International Finance Corporation
Gavin Wilson
CEO, IFC Asset Management Company
Jingdong Hua
Vice President and Treasurer, IFC

Thomas Sennett/World Bank

The event will provide unique perspectives on the major challenges and opportunities of developing a global pipeline of bankable infrastructure projects in emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs).


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Joaquim Levy
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group
Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance, Nigeria
Nasser A. Malik
Citigroup, Managing Director, Head of Global Structured Debt
William Francis Morneau
Minister of Finance, Canada
Macky Tall
Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure, and President and Chief Executive Officer, CDPQ Infra
Stephanie Ruhle
MSNBC anchor and co-anchor of Weekend TODAY on NBC

Join World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde as they engage with representatives from Global Civil Society Organizations in an interactive townhall event.


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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Christine Lagarde
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

World Bank Group/Ismail Ferdous

South Asia is hot on the heels of East Asia to become the world’s next middle-income region. But to catch its neighbors, South Asia and its firms – especially in industries such as light manufacturing, auto and agribusiness - will need to compete on a global scale.

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Indrajit Coomaraswamy
Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Annette Dixon
South Asia Region, World Bank Group
Kim Elliot
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Anabel González
Senior Director, Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank Group
Rubana Huq
Managing Director, Mohammadi Group, Bangladesh
Pravin Krishna
Professor of International Economics and Business, Johns Hopkins University
Anubha Bhonsle
Journalist

Join cutting-edge thinkers in the field of governance to discuss the notion of “effective governance” and to clarify some of the drivers necessary to improve governance and meet the development challenges of the 21 century.

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Adnan Khan
Deputy Executive Director, International Growth Centre, London School of Economics
Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director of Oxfam International
Edmund Malesky
Professor of Political Economy, Duke University
Kyle Peters
Interim Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President, Operations, World Bank Group
Clare Short
Chair, Cities Alliance; Former Secretary of State for International Development, UK

Photo credit: Dominic Chavez

Join us as country leaders make commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition in children and expand access to early childhood development services by 2020 to ensure that children everywhere can thrive.


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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Jimmy Morales
President of the Republic of Guatemala
Daniel Kablan Duncan
Prime Minister, Cote d’Ivoire
Samia Suluhu Hassan
Vice President of Tanzania
Louis Paul Motazé
Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development of Cameroon
Ato Abdulaziz Mohammed
Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Ethiopia
Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Minister of Finance, Indonesia
Gervais Rakotoarimanana
Minister of Finance and Budget, Madagascar
Muhammad Ishaq Dar
Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Pakistan
Amadou Ba
Minister of Economy and Finance, Senegal
Julie Gichuru
TV Host, Africa Leadership Dialogues

One-and-a-half billion people around the world can’t prove who they are. Without an ID, they face barriers doing everyday tasks such as opening a bank account, accessing social benefits, and getting health insurance. New technologies can help countries build robust and inclusive identification systems.

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Paul Romer
Chief Economist, World Bank
Sigve Brekke
President and CEO Telenor Group
Ajay Bhushan Pandey
CEO of the Unique identification Authority of India, (UIDAI)

At a time when other regions are looking inward, this event will highlight the way in which Latin America, and particularly Argentina and Pacific Alliance countries, are taking steps to better integrate with the rest of the world, to boost growth and tackle their development challenges.

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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Alfonso Prat-Gay
Minister of Treasury and Public Finances, Argentina
Alfredo Thorne
Minister of Economy and Finance, Peru
José Antonio Meade
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico
Mauricio Cárdenas
Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Republic of Colombia
Rodrigo Valdés
Minister of Finance, Chile
Josefina Townsend
Newscaster, Lima, Peru

This session explores important questions from the debate on globalization and multilateralism, which include: What lessons have we learned from past attempts at global collective action? What strategies, innovations and guiding principles can help ensure sustainable success?

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Shaolin Yang
Managing Director, World Bank Group
Raymond Offenheiser
President, Oxfam America
Joachim von Amsberg
Vice President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Lars Hendrik Roller
Economic and Financial Policy Adviser to the Federal Chancellor of Germany; Sherpa for Germany’s G20 Presidency
Clare Short
Chair, Cities Alliance; Former Secretary of State for International Development, UK

Financial inclusion has emerged as a critical development challenge. Join us LIVE to hear about emerging countries’ innovative approaches toward financial inclusion and learn how countries can manage de-risking.


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Francine Lacqua
Anchor, Bloomberg Television, London

Jobs are critical to building stability in fragile states, and the private sector plays a key role in providing opportunities. However, fragility poses many challenges to private sector job creation. The event will examine these challenges when creating new initiatives in advancing jobs in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

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Paul Collier
Professor of Economics & Public Policy, University of Oxford

Hear directly from policymakers – and from other financiers of trade and integration programs like the World Bank – on how connectivity can improve the flow of goods, people, data and capital across East Asia.


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Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Minister of Finance, Indonesia
Quan Zheng
Director General, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Laura Tuck
Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
Victoria Kwakwa
Vice President, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank
Danny Leipziger
Managing Director of the Growth Dialogue

This flagship event focuses on catalyzing, mobilizing and crowding-in private finance to support the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the WBG’s Twin Goals.


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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Priti Patel
MP, Secretary of State, UK Department for International Development
Kaifala Marah
Governor, Central Bank of Sierra Leone
José Carlos Ugaz
Chair of the Board, Transparency International
Joaquim Levy
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group
Philippe H. Le Houérou
Executive Vice President and CEO, International Finance Corporation
Thierry Déau
Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam Infrastructure
Jane Nelson
Senior Fellow and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

The high-level flagship event "One Year of the Sustainable Development Goals" brings together global leaders to highlight country actions on the Sustainable Development Goals. This is a key moment to build on this momentum and share country experiences in this ambitious and critical endeavor.

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Thomas Silberhorn
Parliamentary State Secretary, Germany
Mauricio Cárdenas
Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Republic of Colombia
Sahar Nasr
Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt
Helen Clark
Administrator, UNDP
Mahmoud Mohieldin
Special Envoy for the President, World Bank Group

In a world of growing global risks, over 80 % of humanitarian needs are in conflict-affected situations, and poverty is increasingly concentrated in these areas. There is consensus that the global community needs to focus on prevention rather than crisis response.

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Speaker list coming soon.


The State of the Africa Region seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on the main trends shaping the economic development of the region. The seminar will discuss key challenges and opportunities facing Africa in an increasingly turbulent global economic environment.

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Makhtar Diop
Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank Group
Albert G. Zeufack
Chief Economist, Africa, World Bank Group
Julie Gichuru
TV Host, Africa Leadership Dialogues