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Blessing or Curse: Making Earth's Riches Work for Poor and Fragile Countries - Webcast and Live Blog

October 11, 2013

World Bank JB1-080 and Online

A high-level panel of industry and transparency experts and representatives of resource rich nations will grapple with the challenges that will define poverty or prosperity.

OCT. 11, 11 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. | World Bank JB1-080
  • Blessing or Curse - Making Earth's Riches Work for Poor and Fragile Countries: Webcast and Live Blog

At least 80 percent of countries considered fragile or affected by conflict are home to valuable natural resources that the global economy hungers for. Earth’s riches like oil, gas, metals and minerals often fuel conflict, trapping all but the elites in poverty amid vast wealth. Creating good governance, inviting the participation of citizens and ensuring that economic dividends translate into equitable development is key to managing the extractives industry, most especially in situations where there is conflict. A high-level panel of industry and transparency experts and representatives of resource rich nations will grapple with the challenges that will define poverty or prosperity.

This event will streamed live online at World Bank Live.

Featuring:

Matata Ponyo Mapon, Prime Minister, the Democratic Republic of Congo
Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister, Timor-Leste
Heikki Holmaas, Minister of International Development, Norway
Clare Short, Chair, the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI)
Daniel Kaufmann, President, Revenue Watch Institute
Michiel Kool, Executive Vice President for Social Performance, Shell
Yedwa Zindale Simelane, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Marketing, AngloGold Ashanti
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, World Bank



Moderator:

Janine Di Giovanni, journalist, author, Newsweek. Named one of the world's 100 most influential people this year in reducing armed violence by Action on Armed Violence.