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DATE: October 11, 2017

DAY: Wednesday

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

LOCATION: IMF HQ1 – Meetings Halls A&B

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The recent rise in sovereign debt vulnerabilities in many developing countries merits attention, especially in the context of a new creditor landscape and rising shares of domestic, non-concessional and collateralized debts. Key policy questions include: How can sovereigns increase their resilience to exogenous shocks? Can state-contingent debt help? What role can official and private creditors play in preventing and resolving unsustainable debt situations?

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Sovereign Debt in Developing Countries Rising Vulnerabilities and the Path to Resilience

Sovereign Debt in Developing Countries Rising Vulnerabilities and the Path to Resilience


Panelist: Guillaume Chabert

Guillaume Chabert is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies, Paris, and the French Senior Civil Service School (ENA). In 2010, he was appointed Group of 20 Project Manager heading the team coordinating the 2011 French Presidency of the Group of 20. He is the current Co-Chair of the Paris Club and G20/G7 Financial Sous-Sherpa. In May 2014, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the Minister for Finance and Public Accounts. The following year, Chabert took up his present position as France’s Assistant Secretary for Multilateral Affairs, Trade and Development Policies at the Directorate General of the Treasury.

Panelist: Paul Collier

Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. His research covers fragile states; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanization in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure; and changing organizational cultures. Recent books include The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Refuge: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a changing world (Oxford University Press, 2017). In 2014, Paul received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.

Panelist: Sonja Gibbs

Sonja has spent over 20 years in banking and financial markets, most recently with Nomura International in London, where she was Chief Equity Strategist. Previously she was Nomura’s Head of East European Economics and Senior European Bond Analyst. Sonja’s research interests include global trade and capital flows, systemic risks in financial markets, banking sector analysis, emerging/frontier markets, and investing in infrastructure and green finance. Her work on policy includes issues related to the G20 and the international financial institutions. She co-authors a number of regular IIF publications including the Weekly Insight, the monthly Capital Markets Monitor, and the quarterly Capital Flows to Emerging Markets.

Panelist: Keith Mitchell

The Right Honorable Keith Mitchell was elected Prime Minister in February 2013 for the fourth time. He is also Grenada’s Minister of Finance and Energy; Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Planning; and Minister of National Security, Information, Implementation, Disaster Management and Home Affairs. His public service career started in 1984 when he was elected Member of Parliament. At the regional level, Dr. Mitchell is serving as the Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and is Chairman of the World Bank’s Small States Forum. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics from the American University. He was Captain of Grenada’s national cricket team in 1973.

Panelist: Martyn Parker

Martyn Parker was appointed the Chairman of Global Partnerships at Swiss Re in 2012. In this function, he leads Swiss Re’s business activities with governments, development and non-governmental organizations world- wide. Innovative insurance solutions, public-private partnerships and microinsurance are vital to help society create effective responses to major challenges, including natural catastrophes, climate change, and food security as well as infrastructure, healthcare, and longevity. Parker is a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK (1982) and a Chartered Insurer (1990).

Panelist: Alberto Torres

Alberto Torres García has served since December 2015 as Deputy Undersecretary for Public Credit at Mexico’s Ministry of Finance, where he oversees the office responsible for the design and implementation of Mexico’s public debt management strategy. Prior to that, he worked at the Bank of Mexico’s Research Department for 21 years serving in various positions, most recently as the central bank’s chief economist. Torres holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Autonomous Institute of Technology of Mexico (ITAM), where he was a lecturer from 1999-2006, and a Ph.D. in economics from New York University. He was the 2002 recipient of the central bank award "Rodrigo Gómez” from the Center for Latin American Monetary studies

Panelist: Tao Zhang

Tao Zhang is Deputy Managing Director of the IMF. He was Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC) prior to joining the Fund. Over the course of his career, he has held various senior positions at the PBOC, including as Director General of the Legal Affairs Department, Director General of the Department of Financial Survey and Statistics, and Director General of the International Department. He also served as Executive Director for China at the IMF. 
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