Join the World Bank for the launch of its latest flagship report - Europe 4.0: Addressing the Digital Dilemma. In an event co-hosted with DIGITALEUROPE, we look at how new digital technologies can help Europe achieve its triple objective of competitiveness, market inclusion and geographic convergence.
Special guest speakers from the World Bank, the European Commission and industry will share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing Europe in the digital arena. The keynote speeches will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.
Report: Europe 4.0: Addressing Europe's Digital Dilemma
Introduction and opening remarks
Gallina A. Vincelette, Director for EU Countries, World Bank
Europe 4.0 Presentation
Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Senior Economic Adviser, World Bank
Andreas Tegge, Head of Global Government Relations, SAP
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE
Elisabeth Gruber, Director for the Department of International Institutions at the Austrian Ministry of Finance
Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain, DG CNECT, European Commission
This is a Facebook Live interview. Watch the replay! As part of our Spring Meetings 2018 Interview Series, we will be talking with Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, about the country’s advances in health and innovation.
As part of our Annual Meetings 2017 Interview Series, we will be meeting with Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, to discuss Poland’s economic development. Join us live on Saturday, October 14th, 9:00 am. Leave your questions in the comments below.
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For very different reasons, Greece and Iceland had major financial crises in the past ten years. The contrasts in origins of the crises, and in reform measures taken, provide important lessons for future crisis stricken countries and for the international community.
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The Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) launched its lecture series in April 2005 to bring distinguished academics to the Bank to present and discuss new knowledge on development. The purpose of the Lecture Series is to introduce ideas on cutting edge research, challenge and contribute to the Bank's intellectual climate, and reexamine current development theories and practices. The Lectures revisit issues of long-standing concern and explore emerging issues that promise to be central to future development discourse. The Lecture Series reflects DEC’s commitment to intellectual leadership and openness in embracing future challenges to reduce poverty.
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The countries of Europe and Central Asia are transitioning to a “new normal” that is characterized by low commodity prices, slow trend growth of global trade and less abundant availability of international liquidity. The transition is challenging because the region has not fully recovered yet from the after-effects of the global financial crisis and current volatile conditions in international financial markets create headwinds.
The eastern part of the region faces the difficult adjustment to low commodity prices, which comes with sharp real deprecations, job losses in construction and domestic services, falling asset prices, increased fragility in partly dollarized financial sectors, and declining household incomes. In the western part of the region, the recovery remains fragile. In Southern European countries, access to finance will not be as easy as it had been before 2008, but there are now real opportunities to leave the crisis behind and to steadily create new jobs. Policy makers can seize these opportunities if they move beyond firefighting ...
Greek mythology refers to a time of peace, harmony, stability and prosperity where humans lived to a very old age – “The Golden Age.”
Today, across Europe and Central Asia, societies are aging, but people are not necessarily living longer. This demographic trend – caused by a decrease in fertility rates rather than improved longevity – presents both challenges and opportunities for governments, the private sector and individuals alike.
As populations age, public discourse ranges from concerns about the fiscal sustainability of pensions and health systems to optimism about potential opportunities for healthier and more productive aging.
Join us on 17 June to hear our distinguished panel share views on how current demographic trends will impact economic growth, fiscal balances, health and long-term care systems, pensions, social welfare and labor markets in countries across Europe and Central Asia. They will discuss how policy makers can not only meet the challenges of aging – but also seize the opportunities.
At a public event at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will outline the opportunities and challenges facing the economic development of Indonesia and East Asia, and how the World Bank Group can help end extreme poverty and share prosperity more widely in the region.
As populations age, the debate over how to manage this demographic trend is heating up. Some say it will lead to an economic crisis, while others say society will benefit from healthy and productive aging. Whether the outcomes are good or bad depends on policy and behavioral changes that will require fundamental shifts in societies and economies.
This event brings together policymakers, academics, and senior World Bank officials to debate how current demographic trends will impact economic growth, government budgets, health and long-term care systems, pensions, social welfare and labor markets in countries spanning Europe, Central and East Asia and the Pacific.