Annual Meeting: Securing a Balanced, Sustainable Global Recovery

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This year’s Annual Meeting will be held virtually alongside the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings the week of April 5-9. Registration information will be circulated soon. If you have any questions regarding the Annual Meeting or registration, please contact the Secretariat: [email protected]


Special thanks to our International Council Contributors:



Standard Chartered

Annual Meeting: Securing a Balanced, Sustainable Global Recovery

Prospects across countries are dramatically uneven and deeply uncertain as the world looks to recover from the unprecedented coronavirus shock. Wealthy countries with ambitious vaccine rollouts and expansionary policies stand to recover more quickly while emerging market and developing economies may continue to struggle as fiscal space and vaccine access remain constrained. Alongside public health measures, countries around the world must address mounting sovereign debt, ensure efficient fiscal policy, capitalize on green investment opportunities, and more to secure a balanced, sustainable recovery. How can the international community and the international financial institutions rise to the challenge and achieve a global recovery that lifts the prospects of all? 


Preventing a Global Debt Crisis
Monday, Apr. 5 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM EDT

As a global debt crisis looms, a group of leading experts from the Bretton Woods Committee’s new Sovereign Debt Working Group will examine how to avoid disorderly defaults and chart a path for debt sustainability by incentivizing private sector participation, achieving debt transparency, and more.  

Joaquim Levy, Director, World Resources Institute
Jose Vinals, Chairman, Standard Chartered 
Mark Walker, Senior Managing Director and Head of Sovereign Advisory, Guggenheim Securities 
William R. Rhodes, Co-Chair, Sovereign Debt Working Group (Moderator) 
John Lipsky, Co-Chair, Sovereign Debt Working Group (Moderator) 


Fiscal Policy, Technology, and Transparency
Thursday, Apr. 8 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT

In the wake of a devastating hit to public finances and unprecedented fiscal expansion to blunt the worst effects of the pandemic, this session will discuss how technology and transparency can help build more resilient, efficient fiscal policy and help secure a sustainable recovery. 

The Honorable Jose Maria Figueres, Executive Director, SICPA and Former President of Costa Rica 
John Musinguzi, Commissioner General, Uganda Revenue Authority 
Jeffrey Owens, Professor, Institute of Austrian and International Tax Law (Moderator)


Green Investment for Recovery
Friday, Apr. 9 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT

In the context of dramatic economic disruption, this panel will explore how countries can accelerate their transition towards a green economy while pursuing a balanced recovery.  

Afsaneh Beschloss, CEO, RockCreek Group
Thierry Deau, Chairman and CEO, Meridiam
Aniket Shah, Head of ESG Research – Americas, UBS (Moderator)