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OMFIF at the IMF

OMFIF is pleased to host a programme of meetings alongside the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group in Washington in October. Topics range from reserve management to Brexit, post-financial crisis supervision and regulation to US-European relations, and the resilience of emerging markets to the future of the euro.

Coping with external factors

Thursday 12 October, 07:00-08:30 EST (Registration opens at 06:45)

Arunma Oteh, vice president and treasurer of the World Bank, gives a keynote address at the second annual seminar organised by OMFIF and the World Bank Treasury's Reserves Advisory and Management Program. The meeting examines how global headwinds and tailwinds impact official asset and reserve managers. Speakers include Tiago Berriel, deputy governor of the Banco Central do Brasil, Per Callesen, governor of Danmarks Nationalbank, Nestor Espenilla Jr., governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Mario Marcel, governor of the Banco Central de Chile, and Daniel Mminele, deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank.


Assessing the resilience of emerging market economies

Thursday 12 October, 08:45-10:15 EST (Registration opens at 08:30)

OMFIF and Barings convene a panel of central bankers to explore the resilience of emerging markets to global challenges, as well as the significant opportunities available to them. Speakers include Viral Acharya, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Murat Çetinkaya, governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, Javier Guzmán Calafell, deputy governor of the Banco de Mexico, and Ma Jun, chief economist of the People's Bank of China. Moderated by David Marsh, managing director of OMFIF.


Co-operation and maintenance of open financial markets

Thursday 12 October, 09:00-10:30 EST (Registration opens at 08:45)

OMFIF, HSBC and the Toronto Centre organise a roundtable discussion examining the importance of post-financial crisis co-operation and mutual trust for maintaining open financial markets. The meeting considers the challenges facing emerging markets in the supervision of domestic and foreign owned financial institutions, among other topics. Speakers include Stefan Ingves, governor of Sveriges Riksbank, Masamichi Kono, deputy secretary-general of the OECD and Philip Turner, former deputy head of BIS.


African Financial Markets Index

Friday 13 October, 07:30-09:00 EST (Registration opens at 07:00)

Using a variety of parameters, both qualitative and quantitative, the African Financial Markets Index records the openness of countries across the continent to foreign investment. The launch features a presentation of the report and key findings, followed by a panel discussion and moderated Q&A. Speakers include Denny Kalyalya, governor of the Bank of Zambia, Jingdong Hua, vice president and treasurer of IFC and Leslie Maasdorp, vice president and chief financial officer of New Development Bank.


US-Europe relations in the age of 'America first'

Friday 13 October, 10:00-12:00 EST (Registration opens at 09:45)

OMFIF and the American Enterprise Institute hold a panel discussion with senior diplomatic and political figures to discuss the evolving relationship between the US and Europe. Themes include the realignment of global free trade and new opportunities for partnerships, as well as transatlantic financial co-operation and regulation. Speakers include Daniel Ahn, deputy chief economist of the US State Department, Marek Belka, former prime minister of Poland, Fabrizio Saccomanni former finance minister of Italy, and Jonathan Faull, former director general of the European Commission. 


Germany, France, Britain and the new Europe

Saturday 14 October, 07:45-09:30 EST (Registration opens at 07:30)

The annual DZ BANK-OMFIF breakfast panel brings together senior monetary and fiscal policy figures to discuss the relationship between France, Germany and the UK as Europe’s post-UK role develops. Topics include the future of the euro and euro clearing, the Macron era and the UK’s Brexit negotiations. Speakers include Jean-Claude Trichet, honorary governor of the Banque de France, Kalin Anev Janse, secretary general of the European Stability Mechanism, Andreas Dombret, member of the board at the Deutsche Bundesbank, and Tamim Bayoumi, deputy director of the strategy, policy and review department at the IMF.