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Parliamentary Workshop at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF

Begins:   Apr 18, 2012 
Ends:   Apr 18, 2012 

Twenty-two MPs from 19 countries attended the regular Parliamentary Workshop which is organized at the margins of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF. The workshop is jointly hosted by the two institutions, and organised in cooperation with the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & International Monetary Fund. The Parliamentarians were also joined by a group of 10 staffers from the German Bundestag for one of the sessions.

The parliamentarians were welcomed by Mr. Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President of External Affairs and Mr. Gerry Rice, External Affairs Director at the International Monetary Fund. Parliamentarians had asked to be briefed on the World Bank’s preparations for the Rio+20 conference, and Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President of the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Network spoke of the World Bank’s focus on inclusive green growth. Responding to parliamentary concern to employment issues, especially for youth, Martin Rama (Director and Lead Author) presented the findings of the upcoming World Development Report on jobs. Mr. Marcelo Giugale, Director of the Africa regional Poverty Reduction and Economic Management department at the World Bank spoke of the new era of governance in developing countries.

Uganda MP Ekanya Geoffrey, chair of the local chapter of the Parliamentary Network, was among the panelists in a session on Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations and the use of parliamentary benchmarks, organized by amongst others the World Bank Institute as part of the IMF and World Bank Civil Society Forum.

The Parliamentary Workshop continued with three afternoon sessions organized by the International Monetary Fund. In the first session Mr. Jörg Decressin, Deputy Director of the Research Department at the IMF presented the World Economic Outlook. The following sessions focused on the impact of Euro Zone debt crisis on developing World, moderated by Mr. Bert van Selm, Deputy Division Chief of the Strategy, Policy and Review Department, Low-Income Countries Division at the IMF; and the IMF’s work in the domain of inclusive growth, presented by Mr. Andrew Berg, Assistant Director of the Research Department at the Fund.

The Parliamentary delegation also met with Mr. Axel van Trotsenburg, Vice President for Concessional Finance and Global Partnership at the World Bank in order to discuss the activity of IDA, the World Bank’s Fund for the Poorest, and in particular the importance of parliamentary involvement and ownership in the IDA projects. The discussion on ownership and parliamentary involvement continued in a separate meeting with External Affairs Vice President Cyril Muller.

Two MPs from the delegation, Mr Kwabena Appiah Pinkra, Chair of the Parliamentary Network Chapter in Ghana, and Dr Najeeb Ghanem, member of the Board of the Parliamentary Network and Yemeni MP participated in ‘5 Questions in 5 Minutes’ session, part of the World Bank Live initiative creating an interactive platform which allows the audience to chat live with experts, watch livestreams and become actively involved in World Bank events.

Parliamentary Workshop 1

Mr. Prakash S. Mahat, MP, Nepal; Mr. Ravi Karunanayake, MP, Sri Lanka; Ms. Rosemary Seninde Nansubuga, MP, Uganda and Mr. Geoffrey Ekanya, MP and Chair of the Parliamentary Network  Chapter in Uganda.

Parliamentary Workshop Spring Meetings 2
Mr. Tiemoko Konaté, MP, Foreign Affairs Committee, Burkina Faso and Dr. Najeeb Ghanem, MP, delegation leader, Republic of Yemen.

Parliamentary Workshop 3
Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank and Mr. Carlos Braga, Director and Special Representative to Europe, World Bank, during the morning session “Inclusive Green Growth and Rio+20 ”.



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