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CoC hosts and speaks at events in occasion of IMF/World Bank 2016 Annual Meetings

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Sep 28, 2016

In the occasion of the upcoming World Bank / IMF Annual General Meetings, to be held in Washington DC next week, Center of Concern is pleased to invite you to the following events:

Seminar organized by the International Monetary Fund as part of its seminar series, features Center of Concern’s Rethinking Bretton Woods Project Director Aldo Caliari.

  • The big push for Public-Private Partnerships: Challenges and perspectives

Civil society strategy meeting Center of Concern cosponsors with Eurodad and others.

  • The Reform of the IMF-WB Debt Sustainability Framework: Fit for the 2030 Development Agenda

A panel discussion Center of Concern cosponsors with Jubilee USA, Jubilee Germany and others.

  • Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships: The IMF’s role

A panel discussion Center of Concern cosponsors with Eurodad and the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

  • Reforming Finance for People and the Planet

A Strategy Meeting of the CSO Finance Network on the G20 (of which Center of Concern is part).

More information on these events follows.

 

Seminar organized by the International Monetary Fund as part of its seminar series, featuring Center of Concern’s Rethinking Bretton Woods Project Director Aldo Caliari.

When: October 5th, 2016 - 12 to 1:30 pm

Where: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

Panelists

Moderator: Namrata Brar, New Delhi Television

  • Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, IMF
  • Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance, Nigeria
  • Anders Borg, Chair, World Economic Forum’s Global Financial System Initiative
  • Aldo Caliari, Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern
  • Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank

The importance of addressing infrastructure gaps in developing countries is now conventional wisdom. But what is the state of play today? Has public investment in infrastructure increased significantly in recent years? What has helped in countries that have successfully scaled up? What are the challenges where infrastructure needs have not been met? How can policies—domestic and international—help?

Note: Accreditation to the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings is required to access the premises.

 

  • The big push for Public-Private Partnerships: Challenges and perspectives

Civil society strategy meeting Center of Concern cosponsors with Eurodad, Jubilee UK and othersWhen: Tuesday October 4th, 2016 - 10 am to 1 pm  

Where: Heinrich Böll Foundation – 1432 K Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have over the last decades spread across public services in developed and, increasingly, in developing countries. For example, from 2004 to 2012 investments in PPPs in developing countries increased by a factor of six, from US$ 22.7 billion to US$ 134.2 billion. Meanwhile, data from 2014 shows a new increase in the amount of money invested in PPPs and the highest-ever average project size of US$ 419 million.

The proposed strategy meeting aims to bring together Northern and Southern CSOs working on various topics (for example: human rights, debt, climate change, infrastructure finance, transparency & accountability) to discuss the different vulnerabilities behind PPP projects and exchange perspectives on potential joint advocacy activities. The meeting will focus on PPPs in different sectors and some of the cross-cutting implications, including for fiscal sustainability, human rights, and climate change commitments.

 

  • The Reform of the IMF-WB Debt Sustainability Framework: Fit for the 2030 Development Agenda

A panel discussion Center of Concern cosponsors with Jubilee USA, Jubilee Germany and others.

When: Thursday October 6th,2016 - 9:00 to 10:30 am

Where: IMF HQ2 03B-838

Panellists:

  • Bodo Ellmers, Eurodad (Moderator)
  • Jürgen Kaiser, Erlassjahr
  • Patricia Miranda, Jubileo Bolivia
  • Tirivangani Mutazu, Afrodad
  • IMF speaker (to be determined)

While recent years have seen a number of advances in both institutional and market-oriented elements of sovereign-debt restructuring process, ongoing and emerging debt-related financial vulnerabilities and crises in a range of countries highlight the continued need for urgent, additional efforts to make our rescheduling and restructuring processes more effective and efficient. This session aims to identify possible next steps in continued reform of sovereign debt and financial crisis response mechanisms and enhance momentum on this critical policy issue.

Note: Accreditation to the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings is required to access the premises.

 

  • Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships: The IMF’s role

A panel discussion Center of Concern cosponsors with Eurodad and the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

When: Thursday October 6th, 2016 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Where: IMF HQ2 03B-838

Panellists:

  • Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern (Moderator)
  • Isabel Rial, International Monetary Fund
  • Mathieu Vervynckt, Eurodad
  • Laurence Carter, World Bank
  • Patricia Miranda, Latin American Network on Debt, Development and Rights (LATINDADD)

Civil society organizations have repeatedly expressed concern at the lack of evidence substantiating the growing support for PPPs. A number of such concerns refer to issues that fall under the IMF’s purview, such as their impacts on fiscal resources and tax policy, financial volatility, budget transparency and debt sustainability. This session will provide an opportunity for an exchange of views on positions regarding aspects of PPPs that belong in the IMF’s mandate.

Note: Accreditation to the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings is required to access the premises.

 

  • Reforming Finance for People and the Planet

A Strategy Meeting organized by the CSO Finance Network on the G20 (of which Center of Concern is part).

When: October 7th, 2016 - 3 PM to 5 PM

Where: World Bank I Building (1850 I St., NW), Room I2 -440

Since the G20 Summit began to operate as the “premier forum for international economic coordination” of its members, an international CSO network has been working to promote the voice of global civil society on the financial and macroeconomic policies undertaken by the G20. Although the G20 initially focused on economic recovery and reform of the global financial system, by 2010 it added financing of development to its agenda, both large-scale, such as infrastructure, and small-scale, such as financial “inclusion.” At the last Summit (Hangzhou, China, September 4-5), the G20 expanded its development focus to financing the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. Civil society helped governments negotiate those goals at the UN and should be able to participate in formulating their financial follow-up at the G20 as well.

The meeting will offer participants the opportunity to learn and advocate on finance issues in the “C20” process leading up to the 2017 G20 Summit under the German Presidency. It will also inform about a meeting that the CSO Finance Network on the G20 will be holding in Berlin in December.

Note: RSVP is not required but appreciated by writing to Aldo Caliari at aldo@coc.org Accreditation to the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings is necessary to access the premises.