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Guide to 2016 Annual Meetings

Ministers from 189 countries meet in Washington the week of October 3 for the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings. We’re streaming 22 events, with more than 10 in multiple languages, on themes including the need for global cooperation to address risks, encourage trade and economic growth. Watch World Bank Live on Monday as World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim sets out his vision for ending extreme poverty. On Tuesday, Oxfam International’s Winnie Byanyima and World Bank experts discuss a just-released report on poverty and inequality. New World Bank Chief Economist Paul Romer and Kim talk about the challenges facing global development on Wednesday.  On Thursday, heads of state and ministers join Kim at the Human Capital Summit and make commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition in children in their countries. Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and other high-level panelists discuss progress on financial inclusion, along with de-risking efforts by banks that could reverse it.  Here is a preview of what you can expect.

Monday, October 3

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

The World Bank Group's Mission to End Extreme Poverty
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim sets out his vision for ending extreme poverty by 2030 in a speech at the Brookings Institution ahead of the Annual Meetings.  A conversation with Brookings Vice President Kemal Dervis will follow.  2-3:30 p.m. (ET) /18:00 - 19:30 (GMT) #EndPoverty

Tuesday, October 4

Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Taking on Inequality
Winnie Byanyima of Oxfam International and World Bank experts discuss the findings and recommendations of the Bank Group's new flagship report on Poverty and Shared Prosperity and its special focus on inequality. 9:30–11 a.m. (ET)/ 13:30-15:00 (GMT) #EndPoverty EN, FR, SP

Wednesday, October 5

Shaping the Global Development Agenda

World Bank Live

The World Bank’s new Chief Economist Paul Romer and Bank Group President Kim discuss challenges in global development and the links between economic growth, poverty, and inequality. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (ET)/15:00 - 16:00 (GMT) #Vision4Dev AR, EN, FR, SP

Latin America’s and Caribbean’s Bet: Getting Back to Growth Through Trade
Augusto de la Torre, the World Bank's chief economist for the region, discusses how to boost growth in the face of global economic slowdown. 12:00-1:00 pm (ET)/16:00 - 17:00 (GMT) #Perspectivas2017

From Billions to Trillions: Combining Commercial Capital with Development Needs
A hand-drawn richshaw wallah stands beside an old Ambassador taxi at the intersection of Madan Street and Lenin Sarani in Chandni Chowk. © Martin Roemers/Panos
Bank Group experts discuss how to unlock trillions of dollars of private resources to ensure global growth and shared prosperity.. 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)/18:00-19:30 (GMT) #Billions2Trillions AR, EN, FR, SP

Making Infrastructure Rewarding
Finance ministers and private sector leaders weigh in on what it would take to develop a global pipeline of bankable infrastructure projects in emerging markets. 4-5:30 p.m./ (ET); 20:00-21:30 (GMT) #InvestInInfra

Thursday, October 6

Annual Meetings Press Briefing
President Kim addresses the media. 9:30-10 a.m. (ET)/ 13:30-14:00 (GMT) #WBLive

The Governance Gap: Why Does Half the World Distrust Government?
Cutting-edge thinkers discuss the notion of “effective governance” and the drivers necessary to meet the development challenges of the 21st century. 10 -11 a.m.(ET)/14:00-15:00 (GMT) #GoodGov AR, EN, FR, SP

How Can South Asia's Firms Better Compete?
Global thought leaders, business leaders and policy makers share best practices and challenges unique to South Asian businesses. 10-11:30 a.m. (ET)/14:00-15:30 (GMT) #SouthAsiaCompetes

World Bank Live
Human Capital Summit: Investing in the Early Years for Growth and Productivity
Join us as country leaders share their commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition in children and expand access to early childhood development services by 2020. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ET)/15:00-16:30 (GMT) #EarlyYears AR, EN, FR, SP

Identification for Development: Harnessing the Power of Digital Solutions
World Bank Chief Economist Romer and panelists discuss how ID systems enable a range of key development outcomes. 12:30-2 p.m. (ET)/16:30-18:00 (GMT) #ID4D

Integration in the Americas: Views from the Pacific Alliance and Argentina
Ministers from several Latin American countries join Bank President Kim at this event highlighting Latin America’s efforts to integrate with the rest of the world. 1-2 p.m. (ET)/17:00-18:00 (GMT) #IntegrateLAC EN, SP

Great Expectations: The Test of Multilateralism
This session explores important questions arising from the debate on globalization and multilateralism. 5 -6 p.m. (ET)/ 21:00-22:00 (GMT)   #Toward2030

Friday, October 7
Financial Inclusion not Exclusion: Managing De-Risking

World Bank Live

A high-level panel discusses progress on financial inclusion, as well as the negative effects of “de-risking” efforts by banks and the withdrawal of financial services. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (ET)/15:00-16:00 (GMT) #FinAccess2020 AR, EN, FR, SP

Overcoming Fragility: Why Jobs are Key
Oxford professor Paul Collier and officials from Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and the European Commission look at the challenge of creating new initiatives to advance jobs in fragile and conflict-affected settings. 12-1:30 p.m. (ET)/16:00-17:30 (GMT) #Jobs4Dev EN, FR
World Bank Live
Catalyzing Private Finance for Development
This event focuses on mobilizing and re-orienting private finance to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals--one of the prominent challenges of our time.  3-4:15 p.m. (ET)/19:00-20:15 (GMT) #Fin4Dev EN, FR, SP

Saturday, October 8

Preventing Violent Conflict Through Development
A special event to share practical experiences with the goal of better understanding the role of development in preventing violent conflict. 10–11 a.m. (ET)/14:00 -15:00 (GMT) #Dev4Peace EN, FR, SP

State of the Africa Region
This seminar will discuss key challenges and opportunities facing Africa in an increasingly turbulent global economic environment. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ET)/15:00-16:30 (GMT) #AfricaSOR EN, FR


Donna Barne

Corporate Writer, World Bank

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