Event Summary - 2017 Annual Meeting: The Future of Globalism and Multilateralism

On April 19, 2017, over 175 Committee members and friends – including leaders from both public and private sectors as well as academia and civil society – gathered at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the 2017 Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meeting. This year’s theme, The Future of Globalism and Multilateralism, focused on the future of the Bretton Woods system in a changing geopolitical landscape.

Segment 1: A Shifting Global Economic Landscape

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Event Summary - Catalyzing Private Sector Investment in Infrastructure in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 a group of approximately 60 Bretton Woods Committee members and friends held a private roundtable discussion featuring industry leaders, officials from the World Bank Group (WBG) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), and other experts involved in private sector development financing to explore ways to overcome current investment challenges and MDB/IFI initiatives that could further spur private sector appetite for resilient, climate-smart infrastructure in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs).

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Event Summary - 2016 International Council: Navigating Uncertainty in an Uncharted Economic Era

On October 7, 2016, over 200 Bretton Woods Committee members and friends – including leaders from the public and private sectors as well multilateral institutions – gathered at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 Bretton Woods Committee International Council Meeting.

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2016 Annual Meeting Event Summary - The Spirit of Bretton Woods: Multilateral Leadership in Turbulent Times

On June 27, 2016, over 130 Committee members and friends – including leaders from both public and private sectors as well as civil society – gathered at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meeting. This year’s program theme – “The Spirit of Bretton Woods: Multilateral Leadership in Turbulent Times”– focused on the new and evolving set of global economic challenges and the critical role of multilateral and U.S. leadership in managing risks and capitalizing on opportunities.

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2015 International Council

On October 10, 2015, over 150 Bretton Woods Committee members and friends gathered for our annual International Council meeting in Lima, Peru alongside the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings. This year’s meeting focused on resilience and risks within the global economy – specifically within the financial sector and among advanced and emerging economies. Speakers also debated the state of global fiscal and monetary policy coordination and implementation to drive strong, sustainable and balanced global growth.

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2015 Annual Meeting - Bretton Woods and Global Growth: Evolving Stories

On May 19, 2015 over 150 Committee members and friends – including leaders from both public and private sectors as well as civil society – gathered at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. for the 2015 Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meeting. This year’s program theme – “Bretton Woods and Global Growth: Evolving Stories” – focused on the shifting state of the global economy and the future of multilateralism and the Bretton Woods system.

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Event Summary - Digital Payments and Currencies: Global Threat or Opportunity?

On Thursday April 23rd, 2015 the Bretton Woods Committee and the Institute for International Economic Policy at GW’s Elliot School of International Affairs co-hosted a seminar to consider the value proposition of digital currencies and payments and to discuss current and future regulatory implications. The program featured a diverse group of speakers including government regulatory agencies, banking institutions, financial intermediaries, and start-up entrepreneurs involved in the burgeoning cryptocurrency landscape.

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Event Summary - Enhancing Eurozone Stability: Progress Toward Banking and Capital Markets Reform

On April 16th, 2015 the Bretton Woods Committee in partnership with the Italian Banking, Insurance and Finance Federation (FeBAF) and the Embassy of Italy convened a symposium examining the state of economic and financial integration within the European Monetary Union.

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2014 International Council Meeting: Decoding Mixed Signals for Global Growth and Financial Stability

On October 9th, 2014, over 200 Bretton Woods Committee members and friends –including leaders within the financial sector and across the international economic policy community of experts – gathered for the Bretton Woods Committee’s 2014 International Council Meeting.

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Bretton Woods Committee 2014 Annual Meeting Summary

On May 21, 2014, two hundred Bretton Woods Committee members and friends – leaders within the private sector and across the international policy community – convened in Washington for the 2014 Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meeting. The program featured perspectives from the U.S. Congress on U.S. global leadership, discussions on the priorities of the Bretton Woods institutions and the role of the private sector in global development and finance, and a speech by former Federal Reserve Board of Governors Chairman Paul Volcker on the state of the international monetary system.

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The IFIs work to facilitate international trade and to promote higher employment and broadly sustainable economic growth...


Alleviate Poverty


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Improve Global Financial Stability


In an increasing interconnected world, financial instability in one market or sector can have global repercussions...