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Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am ET/ 14:00 - 15:00 GMT or
Location: Online Chat

The World Bank Group believes that corruption is one of the major obstacles to ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the poorest people. Corruption erodes public trust in government, undermines the rule of law, and weakens progress to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

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People around the world are now demanding greater transparency and accountability from their governments and the global financial system.

At the London Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim called on the world to come together and engage in “radical transparency” to root out the perpetrators of corruption who often operate with intermediaries in the shadow of the global financial system to move, disguise, and launder ill-gotten gains into the legitimate economy.

Join us for a live chat with World Bank experts as they discuss progress in understanding corruption and its drivers and how transparency is helping root out corruption.

What do you want to know? 

  • Where are we today in our understanding of the big picture of the causes and consequences of corruption?
  • What are the latest policy measures and programs that governments can employ to make progress on financial transparency to fight corruption?
  • How can we use advances in information sharing and digital technology to curtail and expose corrupt practices?
  • What’s the link between tax evasion and corruption?
  • Corruption dialogue often focuses on tackling corruption in developing countries, but what is the role of developed countries, considering that ill-gotten assets are often sheltered there?
  • How can the global financial sector help fight corruption?
  • What’s the role of the private sector and civil society to help expose and fight corruption?
  • How can we make sure those individuals who call out corruption don’t end up victimized for their defense of transparency?

You can ask these and other questions in advance on this page or using hashtag #RootingOutCorruption

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Date: Monday & Tuesday, November 14th & 15th, 2016
Day 1: 14:30 - 17:30 GMT/ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET (November 14th)
Day 2: 14:30 - 22:15 GMT/ 9:30 am - 5:15 pm ET (November 15th) or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, Washington DC

WBG Youth Summit Agenda & Speakers


Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event that serves as a platform for conversation and action to make the World Bank Group more relevant to the global youth and to better involve young people in the work of the World Bank Group. The Youth Summit Organizing Committee is comprised of young World Bank Group employees and is supported by World Bank Group senior management.

The first Youth Summit was held in October 2013 and emphasized youth entrepreneurship, revitalizing a new chapter of World Bank Group involvement and engagement with a dynamic generation of young entrepreneurs, activists, development professionals, and others interested in global youth-related issues. The 2014 Youth Summit focused on Governance, leveraging the experiences and expertise of participants to offer workshops highlighting the work of youth globally to increase transparency, accountability and collaboration in the context of participatory government. In its third edition, the 2015 Youth Summit made a global call to crowd-source solutions for climate change, held right before the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris.

The 2016 Youth Summit, Rethinking Education for the New Millennium, will take place on November 14-15 2016.

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Emile Van Der Does De Willebois

Emile Van Der Does De Willebois is Lead Financial Sector Specialist and Global Lead for Financial Market Integrity, since January 2016.

In this role, Emile is responsible for setting and leading the policy dialogue related to the financial markets integrity area on behalf of the Finance and Markets Global Practice.


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Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016, Myanmar
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Washington DC
Time: Yangon, Myanmar: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm/ 02:30 - 05:30 GMT
Washington DC: 10:30 pm - 01:30 am ET (+1) or convert time
Location: Park Royal Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar

Twenty years ago, Sudhir Shetty was the World Bank’s Senior Country Economist for the nation formerly known as Burma. This week, Sudhir Shetty is back in Yangon as the World Bank’s Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, and is seeing a very different country with cranes dotting the commercial capital’s skyline, imported cars filling the city’s streets, and growing tourism.

During this event, Sudhir will give a presentation on recent economic developments in East Asia and Myanmar, followed by a panel discussion featuring business leaders in Myanmar to discuss their perspectives on Myanmar’s economic policy priorities.

Related Links:
East Asia and Pacific Economic Update
East Asia and Pacific Economic Update Press Release
All Aboard: Policies for Shared Prosperity
Myanmar Economic Monitor October 2016

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Aung Thura

Dr. Aung Thura is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thura Swiss, a Myanmar-based firm specialized in market research, consulting and investments with regards to Myanmar. Thura Swiss aims to equip both local and foreign businesses with accurate and sophisticated information in order to allow them to make strategic data-driven decisions. Dr. Aung Thura grew up and received his education in Switzerland. He holds a M.Sc.


Thurane Aung

After returning from the United Kingdom with a BA (Honors) in Business Information Management and Finance from the University of Westminster, Thurane Aung joined the family business in 2002. He worked his way up by learning the business as a Project Manager on construction sites, and became Chief Executive Officer of the Group in 2011. The main focus of Thurane Aung’s role and responsibilities is business strategy and expansion of all of Dagon Group’s businesses.


Melvyn Pun

Prior to his appointment to the Board of Yoma Strategic in 2015, Melvyn was the Alternate Director to Mr. Serge Pun in Yoma Strategic and the Chief Executive Officer of Serge Pun & Associates (SPA) Myanmar Limited. Melvyn has been extensively involved in developing the Group’s relationships with key parties, including Mitsubishi Corporation, IFC, ADB, Yum! Brands, Parkson, Case New Holland, Dulwich College International and Kokubu, amongst others.


Thadoe Hein

Thadoe Hein is the founder and chairman of one of the largest agriculture companies in Myanmar. Myanma Awba Group serves three million farming families (out of seven million farming families in the country) with agricultural inputs, finance and extension services. The primary objective is to help farmers prosper and alleviate poverty. Thadoe Hein is currently the chairman of Myanmar Fertilizer, Seeds and Agrochemical Entrepreneur Association and the Joint Secretary General of the Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Sithu Moe Myint

Sithu Moe Myint is responsible for developing and executing company strategy whereby he provides direct oversight to all functional and business support teams. He joined MPRL E&P in 2012 in the role of Deputy Technical Manager and assumed the role of Country Manager in early 2016. Prior to joining MPRL E&P, Sithu Moe Myint spent most of his career with Chevron providing asset development support to conventional oil, heavy oil, and deep water gas projects.


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Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 15:00 GMT/ 10:00 am CT/ 11:00 am ET or convert time
Location: Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel, Iowa

One quarter of children under age five worldwide are chronically malnourished. The World Food Prize event “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” brought together scientists, policymakers and food and nutrition experts from around the world to share insights on ways in which malnutrition can be tackled with smart policies, innovation and political will.  Key is to prioritize investments in people – during the earliest years of life -- because it underpins the very future of nations.

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