Economic and Social Transformation: A Cross-Regional Perspective


Location: HQ1-3-476 - SI & VTC Needs Prioritized (20 max)

What cross-regional perspectives can be gathered from previous economic, political, and social transformations, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings, and recent protests in Latin America? What can policymakers learn from these events on how to move forward with reforms to support a new social contract?

Following opening remarks by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, join the IMF’s Jihad Azour, Alejandro Werner, and a distinguished panel of experts from the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe for a discussion on how the pandemic can serve as an opportunity for countries to overhaul their economies, making them smarter, fairer, greener and more conducive to job creation. 

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Opening Remarks:

Kristalina Georgieva

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund


Jihad Azour

Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF (Moderator)

Erik Berglöf

Chief Economist at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Mauricio Cárdenas

Visiting Senior Research Scholar and a Visiting Professor at Columbia University SIPA

Marwan Muasher

Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Minouche Shafik

Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science

Concluding Remarks:

Alejandro Werner

Director, Western Hemisphere Department, IMF