2:00—3:30 PM
Peter G. Peterson Conference Center, Institute for International Economics, 1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Renewing the IMF’s Commitment to Low-Income Countries

Looking ahead to the 2006 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Singapore, the head of the IMF, Rodrigo de Rato, discussed the Fund’s strategy for assisting low-income countries. He described how the Fund is refocusing its commitment and improving its effectiveness in working with the world's poorest countries. Priorities include providing advice on economic policies, helping countries to avoid relapsing into unsustainable debt, and helping to manage the macroeconomic dimension of scaled-up aid. The event also featured a panel discussion with: Kemal Dervis, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Ricardo Hausmann, Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University; Dennis de Tray, Vice President, Center for Global Development and was moderated by Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development.

A transcript of his speech is also available.

*Watch Rodrigo de Rato' keynote address, Renewing the IMF's Commitment to Low-Income Countries.  (If you are having problems streaming the video it is also available for download. [98 MB] )


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