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DATE: October 5, 2016

DAY: Wednesday

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

LOCATION: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

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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?

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Suggested Readings:

Financing Our Future (Adeosun, Kemi, 2016)

Post-2015 Infrastructure Finance: The New Debt Threat?  (Caliari, Aldo, 2014)

Unlocking Private Finance for African Infrastructure (Collier, Paul, and Colin Mayer, 2014)

Global Infrastructure Forum 2016 Chairman’s Statement  (Global Infrastructure Forum, 2016)

Financing for Development: Revisiting the Monterrey Consensus  (IMF, 2015)

The Return of Public Investment (Rodrik, Dani, 2016)

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Toward Better Infrastructure in Developing Countries

Toward Better Infrastructure in Developing Countries


Moderator: Namrata Brar

Namrata Brar is a longtime reporter with New Delhi Television (NDTV) and is currently their U.S. Bureau Chief based in NYC. Ms. Brar studied business administration and economics and moderated the “Long-term Global Trends and Their Implications for the IMF” seminar during the 2013 Spring Meetings.

Panelist: Kemi Adeosun

Kemi Adeosun has been the Minister of Finance of Nigeria since 2015. Prior, she was the Commissioner of Finance in the state of Ogunand has also held finance related positions with London Underground, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and British Telecom. Ms. Adesoun has a BSc in Economics from the University of East London and a post-graduate diploma from the University of London.

As of September 2016

Panelist: Anders Borg

Anders Borg is the Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Financial System Initiative and served as Sweden’s Minister of Finance between 2006 and 2014 in the then center-right government. Mr. Borg is a member of the Swedish Moderate party; assists on several corporate boards, and is an adviser to Citigroup. He studied economics and political science and the Uppsala and Stockholm universities.

As of September 2016

Panelist: Aldo Caliari

Aldo Caliari is the Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at the Center of Concern. He joined the Project in 2000 and has led it since 2002. Mr. Caliari has been a consultant with numerous UN agencies and as well as with national governments and CSOs. He received a Master of International Policy and Practice from George Washington University (2007), with a focus on economics and finance.

As of September 2016

Panelist: Paul Collier

Paul Collier is Professor of Economic and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the International Growth Centre; the Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, and a fellow of St Antony’s College. Mr. Collier was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in connection with the 2008 Birthday Honors and knighted in the 2014 New Year Honors for promoting research and policy change in Africa.

As of September 2016

Panelist: Mitsuhiro Furusawa

Mitsuhiro Furusawa has been a Deputy Managing Director with the International Monetary Fund since 2015. Prior to joining the Fund, he was Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance. Mr. Furusawa formerly held several senior positions in the Ministry of Finance of Japan including as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs and Director-General of the Financial Bureau. He holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Tokyo and also graduated from the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris.

As of September 2016

Panelist: Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor is a Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank. Mr. Taylor oversees operations in Greece, Cyprus, the UK, and in Asia. He also leads on the Bank’s work in energy, climate action and in other environmental lending policies. Prior to his appointment at the EIB, Mr. Taylor was Director General for Financial Services and Stability at the UK Treasury. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he studied philosophy, political science and economics.

As of September 2016