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DATE: October 6, 2016

DAY: Thursday

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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Global growth is expected to remain below its pre-crisis average. The prolonged period of low growth, combined with large increases in inequality over the past 20 years in many countries, risks creating a political climate characterized by discontent and the likelihood of a resort to populist and inward-looking policies. During this debate, panelists will discuss the existing barriers to growth, the economic and geopolitical risks that continue to threaten the stability and resilience of the global economy, and the policy measures needed to raise growth and make it more inclusive.

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CNN Debate on the Global Economy

CNN Debate on the Global Economy


Moderator: Richard Quest

Richard Quest is anchor of Quest Means Business of CNN and hosts the monthly program CNN Business Traveller and CNN Marketplace Europe. He formerly anchored the monthly show Quest and the daily show CNN Today. Prior to joining CNN, Quest worked at the BBC, where he was the North America business correspondent, based on Wall Street for 12 years. Quest is British and holds an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University.

Panelist: Mark Carney

Mark Carney has been the Chairman of Financial Stability Board since November 2011. He became the Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee, Financial Policy Committee and the Board of the Prudential Regulation Authority on 1 July 2013. He also serves as First Vice-Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board, a member of the Group of Thirty and the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum.

Panelist: Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has been Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since July 2011. She held various ministerial positions within the French government, including Finance and Economy Minister (2007–11), Minister for Foreign Trade, and Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries. She was also Chairman of the Global Executive Committee and Global Strategic Committee of Baker & McKenzie.

Panelist: Wolfgang Schäuble

Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble has been Federal Finance Minister since 2009. Schäuble, who was born in 1942 in Freiburg, was Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Federal Chancellery from 1984 to 1989. He served as Federal Minister of the Interior from 1989 to 1991 and from 2005 to 2009. Wolfgang Schäuble studied law and economics at the universities of Freiburg and Hamburg. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Panelist: Gang Yi

Yi Gang has been the Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China since 2008. A native of Beijing, Yi Gang became secretary-general of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People's Bank of China in 2002. From 2009 to 2016 he was Director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE). And in 2014 he was named Deputy Director, General Office for Central Leading Group for Finance and Economics. Yi is the author of ten books, and he served as a consultant for the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, the Journal of Econometrics, China Economic Review, Comparative Economic Studies, Economic Theory, Contemporary Policy Issues, and the Journal of Asian Economics. He also serves on the editorial board of the China Economic Review and the Journal of Asian Economics.